Top 5 Running Routes in Bristol

Get out; get fit. Those things we should all be doing. But if you don’t know where to go it can often be hard to find the best exercise spots – especially if you are a runner. Not to worry: we’ve charted our top five running routes in Bristol for you to ex

Ashton Court

Ashton Court is one of Bristol’s stately homes and a favourite spot for fancy weddings and parties. The grounds are open to the public and there are a number of picturesque spots perfect for running. Jog through their rolling meadows and in between the wooded copses on this plotted route. It’s the same course as the Ashton Court 5K Park Run, which takes place every Saturday morning - a great event if you are looking to meet other runners. Open, flat, and with great views back across Bristol - it’s an ideal place for those still finding their running legs.

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The Downs

The Durdham Downs - Bristol’s largest park and a great spot for a run. Our route goes right round the outside, which is a steady 6.5K. The great thing about the Downs, however, is that there are lots of pathways cutting across the central fields, so you can scale up or scale down your session to your heart’s (and lung’s) content. It’s a bit hillier than Ashton Court, but hardly the worst Bristol can offer. Racing round here will certainly be social: it’s the most popular running location in Bristol.

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Bristol’s many waterways provide lots of pedestrian paths for you to weave your way between the rivers, and if you are looking for a bit of urban running, this is a great route. The Harbourside is stunningly picturesque, especially in summer. There are lots of neat cafés and modern architecture for you to cruise by, and in the evening the sun leaves a glistening trail on the water. Upsides: this route is flat and completely tarmacked. Downsides: it will be a bit crowded, and you may have to dodge the sightseers as you jog round.

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Greville Smyth Park

If you are looking for a shorter run, Greville Smyth Park is a tidy spot to the south of Bristol. The green is just next to Ashton Gate Stadium, Bristol City FC’s home ground, so you’ll be in good athletic company. Families descend on Greville Smyth at the weekend for its steady slopes and children’s playground. Serious runners, however, will need to do a few laps to pick up a sweat - this isn’t the largest space. Have a gentle jog round to stretch off from the heavier sessions, and enjoy the serene surroundings of south Bristol.

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Grand old Tyntesfield is a National Trust venue perched on the outskirts of Bristol, and its grounds host a whole range of scheduled runs throughout the year that are well worth the short journey into the countryside. Feel Good Friday runs are a shorter course put on every other Friday morning; and if you are looking to truly test yourself there are plotted Trust 10s, a 10K across the nearby valley. Organised runs can be taken competitively, but are always social as well. Powering round the elegant Tyntesfield will feel a little surreal - the visuals are a good reward for all your hard work.