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Escape the streets with our Wild Running routes

Want to escape the streets and run somewhere a little more free? Below are a series of our most free, euphoric runs for you to release your inner wild.

Remember to download the PDF route guides or open up the GPX files in your favourite running apps. 

An undulating track takes you away from the busy family trails to explore the depths of the forest. Stop to catch your breath and admire the views at Louisa Lake and finish past the beautiful and internationally-important Pinetum.

Download route: PDF route map, GPX file 
Route on tracking apps: Strava, MapMyRun
Start/Finish: Bedgebury Forest Centre, Grid Reference TQ 716 331

Escape into the peaceful quarter of Delamere forest. Climb to the high, open hilltop at Old Pale Heights before dropping down to the exciting twisty trails around Arthur's Seat. Look out for the wild boar! (don’t worry – it’s only a sculpture)

Download route: PDF route map, GPX file 
Route on tracking apps: Strava, MapMyRun
Start/Finish: Delamere Forest Centre, Grid Reference SJ 548 704

Gently winding trails take you through pretty forest, with nature-inspired sculptures hidden among the trees. Once you pass the carved goshawk the trail opens up and leads you down wide breaks in magnificent forestry. Look out for wildlife and the 15th-century Thetford Warren Lodge.

Download route: PDF route map, GPX file
Route on tracking apps: Strava, MapMyRun
Start/Finish: High Lodge Visitor Centre, Grid Reference TL 811 851

An inviting circuit on trails designed for running. Enjoyable paths take you winding around mighty trees and through dense forest before finishing across picturesque heathery heathland. Can you beat your time on the second loop?

Download route: PDF route map, GPX file 
Route on tracking apps: Strava, MapMyRun
Start: Sherwood Pines Forest Park, Grid Reference SK 610 633
Finish: Sherwood Pines Forest Park, Grid Reference SK 614 639

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.

Last updated: 5th October 2016

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