Guidebook

10 of London’s Best Trail-Based Parkruns

Escape the pavement and immerse yourself in nature on 10 of London’s best trail Parkruns, from grass to woodland.

Description

Parkrun has taken the running world by storm since its inception in 2004. With now over one million participants across the globe, it is a collection of 5-kilometre, timed running events that take place every Saturday morning at over 1,400 locations in 22 countries across five continents. They are free to enter and are run by volunteers. Whether you’re aiming for a 5km personal best or a social walk or jog, parkrun is inclusive to all fitness levels and is designed to bring people together and help them feel a part of a real, local community.

The format for parkrun is simple: register once, print your barcode, then turn up and take part wherever you want, whenever you want.

New to London, or just seeking to escape the concrete jungle for some nature immersion? In this guidebook, you'll find a curated selection of London’s top trail parkruns. From grass to woodland, they all have maximum dirt and minimal pavement. Meet up with locals every Saturday morning to test your limits on the marked course, or take the family and enjoy the routes in your own time.

For more information or to register for parkrun and download your barcode, visit: http://parkrun.org.uk/

Roundshaw Downs Parkrun
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Roundshaw Downs Parkrun

London
2.9 km
34 m
34 m
Enjoy a spot of birdwatching as you run on this grassy loop just outside of London's CBD.
Easy
Private
Riddlesdown Parkrun
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Riddlesdown Parkrun

London
3.1 km
19 m
19 m
A cross-country loop with an ancient history.
Easy
Private
Richmond Parkrun
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Richmond Parkrun

London
9.5 km
93 m
93 m
Immerse yourself in the majesty of the best of London’s eight Royal Parks, on a selection of the finest trails.
Easy
Private
Old Deer Park Parkrun
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Old Deer Park Parkrun

London
1.6 km
3 m
3 m
A leafy parkrun on soft grassy terrain.
Easy
Private
Hampstead Heath Parkrun
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Hampstead Heath Parkrun

London
5.3 km
106 m
106 m
Grab some vert as you run through London's most iconic park.
Easy
Private
Foots Cray Meadows Parkrun
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Foots Cray Meadows Parkrun

London
5.2 km
35 m
35 m
Take a trail through southeast London's largest nature pocket.
Easy
Private
Bethlem Royal Hospital Parkrun
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Bethlem Royal Hospital Parkrun

London
2.6 km
17 m
17 m
A trail run through classic English meadows, on the grounds of history’s most notorious asylum.
Easy
Private
Wanstead Flats Parkrun
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Wanstead Flats Parkrun

London
3.0 km
14 m
14 m
Explore the magic of a parkrun coursing through woods on the edge of Epping Forest.
Easy
Private
Wormwood Scrubs Parkrun
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Wormwood Scrubs Parkrun

London
2.4 km
14 m
12 m
Be inspired as you run along trail carved out by the 1908 Olympic marathon.
Easy
Private
South Norwood Parkrun
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

South Norwood Parkrun

London
2.4 km
11 m
11 m
Butterflies and birdlife accompany you on an easy trail run in Croydon.
Easy
Private