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With the shining lights of Hampstead Heath, the Royal Parks as well as the canals usually hogging our focus, it could be tempting for Londoners to forget the city’s many hidden running gems.

The fact is that, with environment-friendly room covering 47 % of its landmass, London has enough variety and also look to maintain even one of the most mileage-hungry joggers hectic uncovering new trails. Right here are some of my favourite lesser-known tracks for you to drink this summer.


Ruislip Woods

Ruislip, Hillingdon, HA4

This has “long Sunday run complied with by club meal” written across it. The Ruislip Lido is your initial port of call, with a great looped course around it determining 1.6 mi. Hereafter, you’ll wish to venture right into the numerous woods that border the lake.

The woods have trails galore as well as your finest bet is to run anticlockwise, maintaining to the boundary of the timbers by always transforming left when you reach residences. If you consist of Park, Copse, Mad Bess and also Bayhurst Forest you will conveniently cover 9mi.

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Cray Riverway

Erith, Bexley, DA8

You will not locate Erith on any type of tourist trip timetables. It overlooks a substantial, tidal Thames and also is industrial as well as subjected. Yet, in an indie-film sort of method, it is actually extremely inviting to the jogger looking for privacy and also area.

Start at Erith Terminal and comply with the Thames Path east to the beginning of the way-marked Cray Riverway. The trail adheres to 3 streams (Thames, Darent as well as Cray) finishing at Foots Cray Meadows. Double back right here to Bexley Terminal, completing a 12.5 mi run.

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Bromley’s Woods

Borough of Bromley

Bromley proudly calls itself one of the most rural of all London’s boroughs, partially since of its magnificent range of woodlands. Attach these together for long runs or appreciate them by themselves for shorter healing runs.

In certain, check Strong Elms Country Park, Scadbury Park and also neighbouring Petts Wood, Jubilee Country Park, and also the commons as well as woods that surround Keston (the way-marked Three Commons course is excellent).

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Southwark Park & Docks

Rotherhithe, SE16

From Tower Bridge, follow the Thames Path east with Dickensian Bermondsey and you soon come across a city figure-of-eight running path that is as varied as it is attractive.

Start at the King’s Stairs Gardens (on the Thames) and also run southern with Southwark Park (a typical Greater london park with lots of trees and also a 1.4 mi boundary path). After that run eastern to Greenland Dock and also north via the green flow of Russia Dock Woodland. As soon as back to the Thames Course, head south to Greenland Dock once again and also on Canada Water. Adhere to the canal up to Surrey Water and also back to the Thames Path where you’ll run west to complete at King’s Stairs Gardens.

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Home Park (Hampton Court Park)

Kingston After Thames, Richmond, KT1

This needs to be one of the most under-utilised of all London’s Royal Parks as well as unjustly so. Like Richmond and Bushy Parks, it has wild deer, like Greenwich and Kensington it possesses palatial vistas, and like them all it has tracks galore (a lot of which are soft under foot).

A loophole of the park is 5mi however if you do take place to obtain tired (unlikely), exit onto the Barge Enter to adhere to the Thames as well as additionally go across Hampton Court Road to go into Bushy Park (merely 200m away).

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Wanstead Park & Flats

Wanstead, Redbridge, E12

I make sure East Londoners remain deliberately hushed regarding this spot in an attempt to maintain the rest people from taking the Tube out to Leytonstone to appreciate its supported trails.

Wanstead Flats is, as the good name recommends, completely standard as well as primarily open turf areas combined with soft mown trails. To the east is the forested Wanstead Park combined with numerous meandering dirt paths together with pools and also streams. A loop around both the park as well as the apartments, utilizing the linking pathway behind City of Greater london Cemetery will certainly offer you 6.9 mi, combined with several inner tracks still to be checked out and the massive stretch of Epping Woodland awaiting you and your trainers just to the north.

Hayden Shearman is a running instructor as well as author. His most current publication, Runner’s Guide to London, is offered online from and from all Greater london bookstores.