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Running

Find out where you can run in Wales and what information you can get to plan your visit

Group of women running through Coed y Brenin Forest

Run Coed y Brenin

Where can I run in Wales?

Whether you enjoy a gentle jog or are training for a long-distance event, running is a great way to keep fit and enjoy the outdoors.

As well as running in towns and cities, there are plenty of other places to run in Wales.

Read on to find out where you can run.

  • Open access land: You can run anywhere on land which has been designated as “open access”. There are restrictions on access land that can exist from time to time, for reasons such as land management and public safety
  • Public footpaths: There are public footpaths all over Wales. These are maintained by a range of organisations such as local authorities, the National Parks, the National Trust and many other landowners
  • Other public rights of way: You can run on bridleways and byways. These are open to other users such as cyclists and horse riders, too
  • Long distance walks: Wales has its share of long distance walks with three National Trails and the Wales Coast Path, a 870 mile-long route around the whole of Wales
  • Woodlands and national nature reserves: You can run on paths and roads in most of the woodlands and national nature reserves managed by Natural Resources Wales. There are also waymarked running trails in Coed y Brenin Forest Park and in Bwlch Nant yr Arian Forest Park

For more information about open access land and public rights of way, go to managing access.

National Trails in Wales

National Trails are long distance walking, cycling and horse riding routes through some of the best landscapes in England and Wales.

There are three National Trails in Wales:

  • Glyndŵr’s Way
  • Offa’s Dyke Path
  • Pembrokeshire Coast Path

For information about each trail and to plan your run, see the National Trails website.

Wales Coast Path

From the outskirts of Chester in the north to Chepstow in the south, the Wales Coast Path provides a continuous walking route around the whole of Wales.

To find out more, see the Wales Coast Path website.

Woodlands and national nature reserves managed by Natural Resources Wales

There are waymarked running trails in Coed y Brenin Forest Park, Bwlch Nant yr Arian Forest Park (see section below) and in Tan y Coed in the Dyfi forest.

You can also run on any of the waymarked walking trails or roads in the other woodlands and in the national nature reserves managed by Natural Resources Wales. See places to go for more information about these trails.

If you have a smartphone, you can download our free PlacesToGo app which includes all of these walking routes along with information on recreation facilities.

Coed y Brenin Forest Park, Bwlch Nant yr Arian Forest and in the Dyfi forest

Natural Resources Wales has added to the choice of routes for runners by creating waymarked running trails in Coed y Brenin Forest Park, Bwlch Nant yr Arian Forest Park and in Tan y Coed in the Dyfi forest

In Coed y Brenin and Bwlch Nant yr Arian, there is a visitor centre with a café and other visitor facilities. There are toilets at Tan y Coed.

Remember that you’ll need footwear and kit to suit the conditions - some sections of the longer trails follow muddy footpaths for which trail shoes are recommended.

Running in Coed y Brenin Forest Park

There are four waymarked running trails starting from Coed y Brenin Forest Park Visitor Centre.

  • They vary in length from a couple of miles to a full half marathon and have been designed for both novice and more experienced runners
  • The trails include an interesting mixture of forest roads and rough unmade public rights of way with occasional roots, mud and rocks. There are steep ascents and descents and occasional sections of tarmac road
  • You can get a brief overview of the running trails on the Coed y Brenin – start your adventure video
  • There is a running shop in Coed y Brenin Visitor Centre

Find out more about running at Coed y Brenin Forest Park.

Running in Bwlch Nant yr Arian Forest

There are two waymarked running trails starting from Bwlch Nant yr Arian Forest Visitor Centre.

  • One running trail is five kilometres long and the other is 10 kilometres long
  • Both trails include flat sections, climbs and a variety of surfaces

Find out more about running at Bwlch Nant yr Arian Forest Park.

Running in Tan y Coed

There are two waymarked running trails starting from the Tan y Coed car park.

Both trails are roughly 5 miles/8km long, and include steep climbs and descents over forest road and unmade paths.

Find out more about running in Tan y Coed.

How do I find out about route closures and diversions?

Sometimes a public right of way has to be closed or diverted.

Signage on-site should tell you whether a public right of way is open or closed.

For more information about how exclusions or restrictions are applied to open access land, go to managing access.

How do I get permission for a running event in a woodland managed by Natural Resources Wales?

Go to Woodlands and You to find out how to get permission to organise a running event in one of the woodlands managed by Natural Resources Wales.

The Countryside Code

The Countryside Code applies to all parts of the countryside in England and Wales.

It aims to help everyone respect, protect and enjoy the outdoors.

You can download a copy of the Countryside Code before your visit.

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