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Top 10 running routes on the Network

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Whether you’re training to run a marathon or just want to find somewhere for a quick jog, the National Cycle Network is a great place to head for a run. With a variety of circular trips and traffic-free paths there's a route for everybody.

Here are some of our favourite traffic-free running spots from around the country to get you inspired.

1. Richmond Park

Distance: 7.5 mile round trip

The Tamsin Trail provides a circuit of Richmond Park in south west London, connecting park entrances at Roehampton Gate, Robin Hood Gate, Kingston Gate, Ham Gate, Richmond Gate and East Sheen Gate.

2. Swansea Bike Path

Distance: 6 miles one way

Following the wide curving sweep of Swansea Bay, this route offers fantastic views across to Mumbles Head and the start of the Gower Peninsula.

3. Rutland Water

Distance: 17 mile round trip

A great route that circumnavigates Rutland Water, western Europe's largest man-made lake.

4. Aberfoyle - Gartmore Loop ride

Distance: 7 mile round trip

Taking in magnificent vistas of the hills and villages of the eastern side of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, this circular route from Aberfoyle is a feast for the eyes. 

5. Glasgow Waterways loop

Distance: 6 mile round trip

A circular route around some of Glasgow's historic waterways including the Forth and Clyde Canal, The Glasgow City Branch Canal and the River Kelvin.

6. Bristol Docks Loop

Distance: 3 mile round trip

This route takes you on a fun run around central Bristol, taking in some of its most iconic views.

7. Wells and Holkham Circuit

Distance: 10 mile round trip

The route starts in the delightful fishing port of Wells-next-the-Sea and passes through Holkham National Nature Reserve before returning you to your starting point.

8. Ashby Woulds Heritage Trail

Distance: 3.5 miles round trip

The route runs from Measham to Moira passing through countryside which is rich in social and industrial history. You will pass through the old Donisthorpe Colliery site, now a Woodland Park.

9. Fallowfield Loopline

Distance: 6.5 miles each way

This urban route takes you from Chorlton-cum-Hardy to Debdale. Along the way it passes close by to three parks, which make great stopping off points.

10. Nutbrook Trail

Distance: 10 miles one way

The trail takes you through the beautiful Shipley Country Park, which is covers over 700 acres. The park has earned the Green Flag Award, the national standard for parks and green spaces in England and Wales, every year since 2008.

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