Christmas has been and gone but those excess pounds you put on over the festive period haven’t shifted. Well, it’s time to dig out your trainers and get running. Not sure where to go? Here you can discover the best running routes in Cardiff. There’ll be no excuse not to explore the scenic areas in the city.
If you’re new to running, this route is ideal. Why? Well, it’s the perfect place to accomplish a 5k run. You don’t want to be attempting the distance of marathons, or even half marathons, if the last time you ran was to get on that plane you almost missed.
The Roath Park route is fairly flat so, if you’re a novice, it’s definitely doable. While there is a small hill on the east side of the park, it’s nothing you and your newfound motivation won’t be able to manage.
Head over to Roath Park and take in the stunning scenery as you run around the lake. While the park does get busy, especially in the warmer months, it doesn’t get too crowded. You’ll always be able to run this well-paved route; just watch out for the wandering ducks!
Looking for a route that’s right in the heart of the city? Bute Park is your answer. The beauty of this park is that the routes are fairly flat so, if you want to cover a fair distance, you can do so without having to tackle hills.
The picturesque route makes for an enjoyable run. You’ll pass the beautiful green fields of Bute Park and Pontcanna Fields, as well as Cardiff University’s remarkable Portland stone buildings. Before you know it, you’ll have nailed 7k!
Treat yourself to a cold beverage at Bute Park’s much loved Summerhouse Café after your run. It’ll be something to look forward to at the end!
Fancy running a bit further? Then this 7.5k route is well worth trialling. Start in the busy suburb of Canton, run through Cardiff’s city centre and wind up at Cardiff Bay.
Whilst the first part of the route may not be the most scenic, once you hit the Taff Trail (about a mile into your run) the setting will change for the better. Plus, you’ll just have to run a bit faster to get to that one mile mark!
Canton to Cardiff Bay is a route you’ll love if you’re looking for a lengthy run that’s relatively flat, minus a couple of small gradients.
If you choose to live in the Welsh capital then you’ll have the luxury of living close to these terrific running routes.
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