If you’re coming to Bath, make sure you pack your running kit because you’ll be in for a treat. There are plenty of running routes which take you past iconic buildings, along the River Avon and canal, through stunning parks and amongst the hills’ wild trails delivering epic panoramic views of the city.
Whether a quick one before breakfast or a couple of hours exploring the city and surrounding countryside, prepare to be rewarded with a running experience to remember. Here, Darroch Davidson from Wild Swim Bike Run shares his favourite routes...
Royal Victoria Park via The Circus and Royal Crescent
This is perfect if you want a shorter route taking in the Assembly Rooms, Circus and Royal Crescent followed by a loop through Royal Victoria Park’s tranquil gardens. In the park you’ll find manicured gardens provided by the city for its Victorian residents. Start and finish at Milsom Street and use George Street to access either Gay Street or Bartlett Street to create a route via the Circus and Royal Crescent into the park.
Bath’s Waterways and Sydney Gardens
This stunning route is the meeting point between the city and its wild inhabitants. At this time of year animals along the canal and river are raising their young, meaning you might be in for a wild encounter – keep an eye out for swans, ducks and maybe even a peregrine falcon! Inspect the locks on the canal, run under Pulteney Bridge and enjoy the splendour of running down Great Pulteney Street, through Sydney Gardens and past the Holburne Museum. There’s a lovely café here, perfect for a quick caffeine hit!
The Bath Skyline Trail
Want your run to be an adventure? Combine the Bath Skyline trail with the Kennet and Avon Canal Path. The Skyline provides a mixed variety of wooded and green pasture where stunning views of the city can be enjoyed including a great photo opportunity at Sham Castle. Use the various footpaths heading down towards Bath to get back onto the canal path and head into the city.
The 2019 Bath Half Marathon
The ‘Bath Half’ as it is affectionately known, is one of the longest established and most popular city centre road events in the UK. The course is fast and flat making it suitable for all abilities – for beginners whose objective is to complete the course, to more regular long-distance event runners looking to beat their personal best. The race starts and finishes in Great Pulteney Street, in the heart of the Bath, and next year will take place on 17th March.
We hope you enjoy trying out these routes, but please remember to cross roads safely and give wildlife distance, especially when they have young!
With the clue being in the name, Wild Swim Bike Run organise active cycling and triathlon holidays in both the UK and New Zealand. They run bike tours through Bath Cycle Tours, which take in the city’s most famous landmarks and join the Kennet and Avon towpath for scenic journeys through Bath’s countryside. The rides are perfect for individuals or groups of all levels, and the guides are friendly and knowledgeable.
By Darroch Davidson from Wild Swim Bike Run