If you are an avid runner or even just an easy going hobbyist, a vacation destination with brilliant running routes and stunning scenery is a must see. After all, a brisk 10k is great for increasing your appetite if you’re heading to a local pub or restaurant for lunch.
The UK has a number of great destinations for a relaxing holiday, with wonderful running routes nearby. We consulted Steve Paterson, People Development and Product Trainer at Need of runners, who provided a place guide with the best UK racing routes.
After a long run you’re going to need a place to rest, so we’ve put together a list of some of the best places you can book to stay (all bookable through www.booking.com) near the race routes.
For a unique race: Northumberland
Classes: Kielder Forest Park is known for its incredible views of the night sky. There are regularly organized night races providing a unique opportunity to run under the largest protected night sky area of the Gold Tier Dark Sky Park in Europe. This is the perfect opportunity to discover the wonder of the stars.
Beyond Kielder, Northumberland is renowned for its waterfalls. Try the well-marked trail from Bellingham to Hareshaw Linn, a 5km round run with a slight incline.
Reload: After hitting the trails, discover the other pleasures Northumberland has to offer. Stock up on local oysters, explore historic castles, shop in welcoming market towns or visit one of the county’s 31 beautiful beaches.
Le Petit Château and William de Percy
Treat yourself to a little luxury after all your hard work, with this beautiful hotel. Each bedroom in this lavish accommodation includes a wardrobe and a private bathroom.
The units are fitted with a flat-screen satellite TV, a kettle, a shower, a hairdryer and a desk. There is even a terrace at the hotel. Guests are also treated to a range of breakfast options, including Full English / Irish, Vegetarian, Vegan, and Gluten-free – perfect for post-race refueling.
Prices start at £ 130 for a night. Book here
Located in Bonchester Bridge, Horse and Hound Country Inn features a restaurant, garden and free WiFi. Private parking can be arranged at an additional cost.
At the hotel, each room includes a wardrobe, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom. There is also a tea / coffee maker for that much needed cup of tea after a long day.
Guests of the Horse and Hound Country Inn can also enjoy a full English / Irish breakfast. Prices start at £ 75 per night. Book here
For coastal paths: Dorset
Classes: The Jurassic Coast, England’s only natural World Heritage Site, offers 95 km of stunning sea-view trails. Climb the Golden Cap to see this prehistoric coastline at an altitude of 190m, or tackle a trail shorter circular walk to Old Harry Rocks to see unique chalk formations as part of a scenic route with lots of wildflowers.
Reload: The Dorset coast is geologically significant, with rock formations and fossils that provide fascinating insight into Earth’s history and the evolution of life. Enjoy a ride on a classic steam train, conquer tree alleys and ziplines, or take a boat ride along the coast.
It is a great place to relax and be pampered. Set in six acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, the Springfield Country Hotel, Leisure Club and Spa offers a luxury spa and leisure club, modern en-suite bedrooms and free private parking on site.
The spa offers a full range of indulgent spa and beauty treatments, and there’s a hot tub, sauna, and steam room so you can truly unwind.
All rooms have a private bathroom, TV, radio and tea and coffee making facilities. Some have a private balcony and a magnificent view of the garden, while others have a luxurious bathroom and a double-ended bathtub.
The Carrington House Hotel is on a tree-lined street on the East Cliff of Bournemouth. Free parking and a restaurant serving French and English cuisine are at your disposal.
The accommodation has spacious bedrooms, a private bathroom and tea and coffee making facilities in each room. The rooms also have satellite TV, desk, telephone and hairdryer.
There are dining options on site. Mortimer’s Restaurant serves a varied menu and wine list in a relaxed atmosphere. The King’s Bar offers light meals, snacks and drinks. Breakfast is served daily.
For difficult descents: Lake District
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This notice was published: 2021-05-20 19:36:28