With the country under another national lockdown, getting out for fresh air and exercise if you are able –allowed under the Government's regulations – is as important as ever.
Whether you're tackling Couch to 5k, or simply want to keep your fitness levels up with some running, here are five routes and paths to try.
Please adhere to the lockdown rules pertaining to exercise outside of the home. Click here for more information. Remember to wrap up warm too!
1. Royal Victoria Park
There are lots of fantastic parks and green spaces in Bath, and Royal Victoria Park, on the north-western side of the city centre, is perfect for a run. At 57 acres, it feels expansive enough to not get bored, but a loop of the main part is around 0.8 miles, or 1.25km, making it manageable enough for a short burst. The iconic Royal Crescent is also situated within the park, meaning you can quickly stop for a photo too!
2. Kennet and Avon Canal
If you fancy your run with a side of beautiful views, head out to the east of Bath along the Kennet and Avon Canal Path. The beauty of a straight path as opposed to a set circular route is that you can turn back whenever you want, just remember to maintain social distancing when passing others. The historic canal wends its way through Sydney Gardens too, Bath's oldest park, dating back to 1795. Bear in mind that the towpath can be muddy at times.
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3. The Two Tunnels
The Two Tunnels Greenway, opened in 2013 as a Sustrans cycling and walking path, is perfect for escaping the city. Again letting you turn back when you feel like it, it stretches through the Devonshire and Combe Down Tunnels (the latter being the longest cycling tunnel in the country at just over one mile), and you can fit the route to your run by choosing how far to go.
4. Virtual Bath Half
The Bath Half Marathon team have postponed their wonderful event from March to September, but, to help with motivation over these winter months, they've devised a Virtual Series to get stuck into. Complete their 5k and 10k challenges anywhere and at anytime, or take on the Virtual Bath Half itself on 13th or 14th March.
With a race number, medal and T-shirt sent out to all finishers, familiarise yourself with the route by heading west along Upper Bristol Road and carrying on through Newbridge. Run over the bridge by The Boathouse, and return towards the city along Lower Bristol Road.
5. Bristol to Bath Cycle Path
Connecting the two cities via a 13-mile off-road route, start from the Bath end of the Cycle Path and decide how far you'd like to run (heading all the way to Bristol may be a bit of a stretch!). Again, maintain social distancing when passing others, but clear your head as you make the most of the fresh air and scenic country views along the way.