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Places To Jog in London

How are those New Year’s Eve resolutions going? Because mine are fine. I’ve decided to start jogging, and when I put my mind up to something, there’s nothing that can stop me. Not even Mother Nature with her freezing-cold weather tricks. Contact us to learn more about london property rental

I’d even go as far as to say that she motivates me to keep going as I explore new sides of my favorite city in winter. The ones I never noticed earlier because I thought it was too cold to get out there.

That said, winter jogging takes a lot of prep work and an appropriate attitude. And, while I can’t help you out with the latter (yeah, that one’s on you), I’ll do my best to walk you through the how, why, and where.

Prep work

Any workout takes preparation. Jogging in the cold, snowy streets of London, crank it up to eleven.

That said, there isn’t a challenge that can’t be overcome by the combined forces of your mind, spirit, and fitting sports gear.

  • Make sure that your head and hands are warm. You’d be surprised, but your arms and your thinking cattle are the primary means of heat leaving the body. In simpler words, you’d be warmer in a hat, gloves, and undies than in a warm coat, but without head and arm gear.
  • Don’t leave your home without a Base Layer, both top and bottom, as they are the bread and butter of jogging in winter. Why? A – they keep the heat in and the moisture as well as cold out, and B – running in a fur coat isn’t something I’d call comfortable 😉
  • Shoes with good traction are a #musthave pickup. What can I say? It’s slippery outside.

Now that you are all geared up, pumping, and ready for action, there is but one thing that’s keeping you away from admiring the gorgeous, snow-filled views of the Smoke – warmup.

The warmup itself is nothing special. Do a stretch or two, and flex for about 5 minutes or so. You know, the usual stuff. What is important, though, is the fact that you have to do it inside. This way, when you eventually get out into the cold, your muscles – still pumped with hot blood – won’t feel a thing.

Ok, that’s a lie. You will still feel rather chilly before you actually start running, but chilly is way better than freezing cold, am I right?

Best jogging routes

Now we’ve gotten ourselves to the best part – the best jogging routes the Smoke has to offer. Brace yourself because you are in for dozens of stunning sights, a whole load of Instagramable hot spots, and a series of intense workout sessions that will get that body ready for summer in no time.

  1. Hampstead Heath. This route starting at Merton Lane and going all the way around the park is an intense, stamina-building exercise. The run is a 4.8-mile-long experience that involves a lot of hills and forest areas and amazing views of a snowy park that stood here for more than 800 years. Just imagining the secrets it hides gives me goosebumps.
  2. Primrose Hill and the Regents Park. This is a somewhat shorter run of 2.1 miles that’s perfect for beginners. You’ll kick things off at the York Bridge and turn for a nice little loop around Primrose Hill at the Ormonde Terrace. Why here? The view of London from the hill is simply breathtaking.
  3. Finsbury to Alexandra Palace Park. This 5-mile-long run will make you follow an abandoned railroad that has become a woodland. You’ll see statues of amazing designs and some pretty rare trees on your way to the Alexandra Palace. Rare trees, fascinating sculptures, and the abandoned railroad make this route an Instagrammers wet dream.
  4. Banks of the Thames. This is probably the best imaginable route for a quick run, regardless of the direction you choose to go. You’ll always have the roaring might of the beastly Thames on one side and an even mightier city on the other. You get to experience the “iconic” London while keeping up with your cardio, so I can’t find any downsides to running here. Can you?

London Places to Run

Whether you are training for a marathon or getting in a few miles for your workout, London has many routes that take you past famous sights and landmarks. As the country returns to normalcy after the COVID-19 pandemic, many people take exercise more seriously as a preventive measure. Here are the best places to run in London.

 

Westminster to Tower Bridge

The route starts from the tube station and follows the edge along the North side of the river. Once you commence training, you’ll pass under several impressive buildings and bridges, including the famous St. Paul’s Cathedral and the 950-year-old Tower of London. If this is your first time on this trail, we recommend following the signs at the Cross Tower Bridge to avoid getting lost. Once you get around London Bridge, a fully pedestrian homestretch marks the end of your run. Some famous buildings on this route include Shakespeare’s Globe, the London Eye, and Tate Modern before concluding your run over Westminster Bridge.

St. James’s Park to Hyde Park

As mentioned, London has many green spaces that provide outdoor lovers with opportunities to explore and exercise. Another common trail to run in the City starts in St. James’s Park, which dates back to 1664, before heading up London’s main ceremonial thoroughfare, The Mall. This route takes you towards Buckingham Palace, and after a quick curtsy or bow, you’ll enter Green Park. As one of the popular green spaces in London, Green Park is particularly beautiful in Spring when the ground is carpeted with daffodils. After clearing the park in the Northwest corner while running under the Wellington Arch, complete the run in Hyde Park. Your destination allows joggers to run along the stunning Serpentine Lake toward the Kensington Palace, where the route ends.

 

Uphill to Hampstead Heath

This is the best route if your running technique is to get the hard part out of the way. Head straight up Parliament Hill as you take in the panoramic view of the City. The path takes you through woodland to Kenwood House, popularly known for its fine art collection and free visits. Once you’ve cleared the 18th-century mansion, you can choose your path back to the station. After taking on the 5 Km workout, the recommended option is to cool down with a quick swim in one of the natural ponds.

 

Local’s London Along the Thames

The Thames is commonly known for its twists and turns, which speaks volumes about this route. The trail follows an almost rural path through some of the nicest neighborhoods in London. Cross the river at Putney Bridge station and follow the trail heading west. This is one of the easiest paths to follow as it keeps to the water’s edge, giving joggers a refreshing and harmonious feel throughout the workout. Some of the stunning highlights on the route include the historic Hammersmith Bridge, Harrods Furniture Depository, views into Richmond Green, and Kew Gardens. Culminate your run with sites of a former royal palace where picnicking locals have replaced medieval jousts.

Greenwich and the Thames

This amazing route combines sightseeing and running, making the 14 km route worthwhile. Enjoy amazing sights such as the Cutty Spark ship, which was once the fastest vessel on the sea, and the stately Old Royal Naval College Grounds. Jog through the latter as you follow the river around the Greenwich Peninsula, a former industrial area with signs of the former life. The huge white dome on this trail, the O2, is one of London’s main music venues. The turning point is at the Thames Barrier, designed to stop the City from being flooded. Admire the excellent 80’s engineering before taking the route back to Greenwich.

 

Regent’s Park and Primrose Hill

The trail starts and ends at Regent’s Park tube station. After crossing the awful Marylebone Road, enter the calming surroundings of Regent’s Park. The park is full of flowers, especially the Queen Mary’s Rose Garden, which is the park’s southern section’s main highlight. Don’t be surprised if you hear the roar of a lion, as London Zoo occupies the northern side. As you exit the park, Primrose Hill rises ahead, which was once the scene for boxing and duels. Now, visitors and joggers can enjoy breathtaking views of the City before heading back to the tube station.

 

Along the Regent’s Canal

The Prince Regent, who became King George IV, built Regent’s Park along with the eponymous canal. The project was completed two centuries ago to help carry goods and people out of the Capital, but currently, it offers an amazing spot for a morning or evening run. If you follow the path from the Limehouse, where the canal connects to the Thames, past the boats, into Victoria Park, and finally, hipster hotbeds such as Broadway Market, finish your workout at Angel tube station. The 7 km trail is suitable for running any day, but joggers are advised to look out for cyclists on the narrow path.

 

South East London Parks

London is full of green spaces, some going back centuries. Most of the City’s parks are on the southeast side, offering outdoor lovers various options. Popular options are Crystal Palace and Herne Hill train, providing easy access and plenty of great restaurants, café, and pubs. Joggers who prefer a slight elevation on their trail can opt for Brockwell Park and Crystal Palace Park. However, this route might require you to run on the road, but there’s a safer shortcut through the impressive grounds of Dulwich College.

After the coronavirus pandemic, the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections. These green spaces in London allow locals and visitors to explore and experience what the City has to offer. Most of these destinations are usually packed with runners in the morning, allowing you to socialize or join a training group.

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