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Wild Running: Off-road running in the forest

Wild-running (n.):
1. running in the wild or in the elements; escaping the modern world and reconnecting to nature.
2. running freely, with exhilaration; without limits or restrictions.
3. running to the peak of our evolutionary ability; running extraordinary distances and achieving the extraordinary.

© Jen & Sim Benson, Wild Running

Escape to the forest

This week, escape the streets and find your rhythm with our Wild Running forest routes.

Adventure into the woods to be rewarded with stunning scenery, improved mental and physical wellbeing and a certain determination you can only get from running in the wild.

No fancy kit, just wild exercise in its simplest, most holistic form. Head to your local forest and see where your feet take you. Remember to share your #EscapeTheStreets photos!


Download our Wild Running routes

You can run at any of our way-marked trails at almost any of our forests, but if you want something a little more wild, check out our favourite Wild Running routes, complete with downloadable maps and route guides.

Get rewarded for your run with Bounts

Connect your usual running apps up to Bounts, and receive high-street vouchers as rewards for every time you’re active in our forests. Find out more about being rewarded for your run.

Find your groove with our running Spotify playlist

Nothing gets you through a challenging run like high-paced, exciting music. Download now, and find your rhythm with our Forestry Commission Spotify Running Playlist.

Get competitive by joining our Strava running club

Share your successes, compete with others and discuss your favourite routes in our Strava running club.

Last updated: 5th October 2016

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