Visit our 3,2,1 km running routes to get started, and sign up for an email programme designed by personal trainer Clare Darlington to provide you with inspiration, training exercises and distractions to help motivate you as you get up and running in the forest.
Lacing up your shoes and running on the busy streets or in a crowded gym can be daunting. There’s no privacy, no fresh air, and let’s face it, it can be pretty dull.
But in the forest it’s a different story. You’ll experience complete privacy on uninterrupted runs, clean outdoor air to keep your body and brain happy, and stunning scenery which never repeats itself.
For those new to running, we’ve built a series of introductory 3,2,1 km routes, and worked closely with personal trainer Clare Darlington to provide you with the very best free introductory programme to get you running in the forest.
3,2,1 km routes: A great introduction to forest running
You can run at any of our waymarked trails, but if you’re looking for something a little more structured, we’ve set up some fantastic 3,2,1 routes in these forests to help you to build up to 3km runs! Find your nearest route.
Stay motivated: Sign up for the Run Forest Run 6 week programme
Sign up for our free 6 week email programme, packed with the advice, inspiration, and achievable goals you need to get up and running. Designed by personal trainers, this programme will keep you healthy, happy and motivated!
Why run in the forest?
Get rewarded for getting fit with Bounts
Sometimes you need an extra bit of motivation to pull on your trainers and go for a run. Bounts is an app which rewards you with high street vouchers for running in our forests!
Find your rhythm with our running Spotify Playlist
Nothing gets you pumped up for your first few runs like high-paced, exciting music. Find your rhythm with our Forestry Commission Spotify Running Playlist.