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Over 2500 Recommended Routes to Choose From

UKWe only recommend the best running routes we've found in the UK. All our Gold Routes have been run and checked by us and come with comprehensive route guides.

Gold Routes

Researched, run, mapped and recommended by Good Run Guide.

Silver Routes

Recommended by a Good Run Guide Members or Running Clubs and reviewed by Good Run Guide.

Bronze Routes

Recommended by Members but not checked by Good Run Guide.

Parks and Open Spaces

Great places to run where you can make up your own routes.

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Quality Standards

We put a lot of time and effort into researching and surveying the best routes for running around the UK. All our Gold routes have been run and checked by us and our Silver routes have been reviewed by us or are used by Running Clubs. We use the following standards as a guide when selecting routes.

Quality Standard suitable terrain for running
Quality Standard attractive/interesting scenery
Quality Standard easy to follow directions
Quality Standard not hazardous to runners
Quality Standard different to other local routes
Quality Standard ideally a circular route

Route Buddy Scheme

If you're worried about getting lost or would like some company while trying out a new route, our Route Buddy Scheme is here to help! The Scheme has been set up to put Members in touch with other Members who have kindly offered to acts as guides to show people around routes they have suggested.

Where a Route Buddy is available, this logo will be displayed on the Route Overview page. You can contact the Route Buddy using our Contact Form and arrange a mutually convenient time to do the run.
Find out more about Route Buddies

NOTE: The Route Buddy Scheme is available to Full Members and applies to selected Member Routes only.


1 Look through all the information available before setting off.
2 You can get driving directions to the start of the route from the Route Overview page.
3 Wear running shoes suitable for the terrain and weather. Bear in mind that routes surveyed in the Summer may be more muddy at other times of the year!
4 Read our advice article on Running Safety - if you are exploring somewhere new and remote it may be an idea to run with a friend.
5 Allow plenty of time for running a new route so you can read the map carefully and enjoy the surroundings.
6 Take the Route Directions as well as the map as they may have additional information about key turnings.

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Newly Published and Featured Routes


Torquay Town Loop NEW

A jaunt around Torquay with some great sea views. The route is almost entirely on road but be warned the route is anything but flat. Find Out More


Classic Buttermere Round NEW

This run is what it says on the tin, a classic low level lakeland route with no climbing. This, and the fact that it is ridiculously easy to follow, makes it a popular walk so on all but the most awful days will be pretty busy.Find Out More


Bristol's Avon Gorge FEATURED ROUTE - Registration Not Needed

This run is centred around the magnificent Clifton Suspension Bridge built by Isambard Kingdom Brunel which spans the Avon Gorge. The run takes you down into the gorge under the bridge one way, back under it the other and finally after a tough but pretty climb, it takes you over it. Find Out More

Our Regional Top Picks

We've picked out out top 5 favourite running routes from around the UK. They all have attractive scenery or interesting views and are well worth travelling a bit further to get to if you are in the area.

Routes with a Theme

Great Brtain has an incredibly diverse and attractive landscape and running is a great way to explore this, allowing you to take in many fantastic views and interesting landmarks while still sticking to your training schedule. We've picked some of our favourite routes across various themes that show where running can take you if you go out and explore.

->Routes With a View

->Captivating Coastal Routes

->Challenging Climbs

->Classic Countryside Routes

->Runs To Interesting Places

->Runs With Historic Buildings

->Wandering Water Routes

->Creative City Routes

->Peaceful Park Runs

Recent Comments Posted By Members About Routes

  • Bassenthwaite Lake Views Posted on 26/03/14
    good, hard circular route on good paths although muddy in parts. Stunning views across the Lakes + Mountains.
    I'd certainly recommend giving it a try.
  • Fewston Reservoir Circuit Posted on 18/03/14
    I ran this and Swinsty Reservoir (6.5 miles in total) on a grey March day during the week - yep, certainly popular with dog walkers - I would imagine it's bedlam in good weather. Easy route to follow but I wouldn't describe it as flat - definitely some undulation going on but good surfaces. :)
  • Lancaster and Morecambe Tour Posted on 05/03/14
    Fab flat route (all bar a little hill climbing out of Morecame to join the canal). Very easy route to follow with good surfaces underfoot. Mileage was pretty accurate for me according to my Garmin.

    I found free roadside parking on St George's Quay (near to the Millennium Bridge start point) for up to 3 hours with no restriction after 6pm.
  • Symonds Yat Posted on 10/02/14
    Lovely picturesque route, look at the map properly before trying or use a Gps as there are several paths that you could go wrong at. The last section from by Royal Lodge to the car park is v steep!
  • Riverside to Cambusbarn Posted on 01/02/14

    Oops, Cambusbarron :-)

  • Trosley Country Park Posted on 15/12/13
    Good cross country run especially hard in the wet conditions. Ridiculous hill climb at the end not for the faint hearted.

  • Hamsterley Mill 'n' Hill Posted on 20/11/13

    Thanks Christian,

    the route was suggested by a friend and GRG member Oliver Bratton who lives up that way, and we ran around it together only getting off route once!

    Glad you enjoyed it.


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