Lockdown fitness – the best jogging routes in Bath18th January 2021
While the latest COVID-19 restrictions continue throughout the UK, it’s important to take time to look after our physical and mental health.
A gentle (or more strenuous, if you prefer) jog can help with both. Running can lower stress, improve your fitness and get you out into nature and the fresh air. And luckily if you’re in the Bath region, there are lots of fabulous running routes to choose from.
Here’s our guide to the best jogging routes in Bath, to help you find the perfect space to get that adrenaline pumping…
- The Bristol and Bath Railway Path
What was formerly a railway line is now a 15-mile multi-use path along the River Avon. It links Bristol with Bath, but if you don’t fancy going the whole distance – you can just tackle a smaller chunk of the route instead. There are maps and information to help you plan your run on the Bristol & Bath Railway Path website.
A good place to start is at Pulteney Bridge, where there is access to the path. During your run, you’ll enjoy fabulous views of the river along with surrounding green spaces.
Remember that this is a shared space and a popular running, cycling and walking route – so it could get busy. While it’s a wide path with lots of room, heading out early morning could be a good way to beat the crowds.
- The Kennet and Avon Canal
Spanning 85 miles in total, the Kennet and Avon Canal towpath is a great route for running – although of course you’re not likely to be completing the full distance!
A good option from Bath is to head to the Thimble Mill Pumping Station. It’s just across the river from Bath Spa train station, and not far at all from our canal side Bridge Lock Mews house. From here, you can access the towpath.
Start your run heading north towards Bathampton, taking a breather in the charming Sydney Gardens along the way. This is a run of around 3.5km, although you can continue on towards Claverton if you want to.
- Do a ‘runseeing’ tour of the city centre
Sightseeing and other tourist activities may be off the agenda right now, but this doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy the highlights of the city centre during your daily run.
Great Runs has put together a ‘runseeing’ route through the centre of Bath. Here’s a rundown of the route:
- Start at Victoria Art Gallery
- Head south on Great Pulteney Street along the river
- Head west once you reach Parade Gardens, running past Bath Abbey and the Roman Baths
- Continue on to Kingsmead Square and Norfolk Crescent
- Find your way to Queen Square and the Circus, looping around to see the Royal Crescent in all its glory
- Jog through Royal Victoria Park
- Head down Lansdown Crescent and Milsom Street to return to the bridge.
In total, it’s a 4.6-mile loop, with plenty of fascinating landmarks to marvel at along the way.
And remember – if you’re planning to run in Bath city centre during lockdown, try your best to find a quiet time to do it. If you can, avoid busy places with lots of people, or try a quieter time of day.
For more advice and tips for enjoying Bath’s green spaces, check back regularly on the Bath Holiday Rentals blog.