Spring has well and truly sprung here in Bristol. This morning I headed out for a 5km and so thought I would share some of my favourite running routes with you.
Training for the Bath Half Marathon in Bristol meant I discovered lots of fun running routes.
I use the UK site Mapometer to track my runs to see what distances I’m managing. I have started all routes from the University gym. Be prepared for a few hills and some stunning scenery!
At just over 3km, this will take you to Whiteladies and back down again- a nice stretch where you can pace it a little and enjoy the decline. It finishes on a hill but that will only make you a fitter runner!
This is my favourite route to run because you get to run through the beautiful village of Clifton, across the bridge and see the whole of Bristol! Plus I spotted 5 dogs on my 5km this morning.
From Tyndall Avenue, head into Clifton via Queens Road, past the SU, through Victoria Square ,under the Arch House Deli and towards the bridge. After crossing the bridge retrace the way you came, running down Richmond Hill and up University Road by Brown’s on the triangle, back to the start point.
This is my favourite and the most prettiest run!
This route uses the same initial 5km route described above, so add on this little stretch once you have crossed the bridge, by heading directly up the gentle hill into Ashton Court Estate. This is a beautiful deer park and well worth the run!
You can enter Ashton Court Estate by running through the arched gate house. Watch out for cars on the initial road into the park.
Finally, a flat route! This run starts off but At- Bristol Science museum down in the Harbourside.
I’ve used the course map from the Simplyhealth great Bristol 10k. NB: You will know when to turn around after the bridge because you will see a little brown hut at the bottom of the flat faced gorge on the opposite side of the road, and there’s normally a sign saying “Bristol runners- turn around now” on a lamppost. Sounds random but trust me, it’ll work!
There is a distinct path you can follow through the Harbourside, along the water’s edge. Once you have ran past and under the bridge, turn back on yourself when you see the signs mentioned above! Once you hit Brunel Way, take a right over the bridge and follow the main road round. You will be following this main road for about 1.5km until you get to the Louisiana Pub, where you will take a left over the pedestrian bridge by the Arnolfini. Head back to your start point via the Hippodrome/Fountains.
Nice and flat 10 km- done! This route is probably better described here.
There are millions of more routes to be found in Bristol- the Downs are another favourite, as is the city centre. You can easily add distance to your runs by adding an extra lap of a circuit or taking a different road to get you onto your main route.
I hope you enjoy my routes- don’t forget to foam roll!
Header: Victoria Square, Clifton, Bristol 2017