Do you want to run in London? Fortunately for you, there are several routes that you can follow. I have been running for years now and I can say that I have yet to complete the routes all over the city. There are times when I want to venture far out to discover new routes. These are the moments when I just let my feet carry me wherever it wants to go. If I feel like turning right, I turn right.
There are times when I get lost but I can quickly find my way back. I just don’t venture far from the people (lol).
When I am feeling less adventurous, I usually just stick to my normal route – or at least, the routes that runners like me usually follow. If you are interested, allow me to list some of them for you.
3 routes to consider if you want to run in London
There are places to run in London that are more popular than others. I will just include 3 but there are practically hundreds more for you to discover and try out.
Across 2 footbridges
When I am feeling lazy, I usually go on this route. I just run on either side of the River Thames and cross the Golden Jubilee Bridge and the Millennium Bridge to complete the circuit. This is a really short route that I can follow any time of the day – specifically in the afternoon. When I feel like I need a run to stretch my tired muscles (after sitting for hours), I use this route to wake myself up. It is not as tiring and it allows me to enjoy the sunset.
When I want to run further, I choose the route that goes around Southwark. This route allows me to pass by several parks as I run in London. This is 3x longer than the first one and can be quite tiring. I usually walk in between to pace myself – except when I am training for a race. Anyway, this route goes through the Thames Path and all the way through the Dickensian alley. When I reach the King’s Stairs Gardens, I run south along the avenues of Southwark Park. I then head on east to Burgess Park and Kennington Park. I end up passing The Oval to get to the Vauxhall Bridge. To get back where I started, I go cross the River Thames. This is one peaceful route that first-timers might get lost. Make sure you run with a friend if it is your first time.
Following the canals
This is probably the longest route that I have ever run in London. It starts by the River Thames and I just simply follow the Regent’s Canal. When I get off the Thames Path, I follow the signs to get to Limehouse Basin. I then go north along the canal before going west to Little Venice. I then head south to Paddington Station before I reach Hyde Park. I go through the Royal Park to get back to the River Thames. I opt to use this when I am in the midst of training before a marathon – but not when the days are leading up to it. When I want to run on weekends, this is the route that I follow. I have only run this route a couple of times and it can be really tiring. It will stretch your endurance as a runner – which is great if you want to take your abilities to the next level.