I’ve had lots of lovely comments recently on the pictures I take during running (thanks all). Whilst not every route we run is picturesque (although I try to find something nice to photograph where I can) we are incredibly fortunate to live in an area where there are lots of very pretty places nearby to go running. I thought i’d share the pro’s and con’s of some of our regular running routes with you in this post with (you guessed it) more pretty pictures!
Route 1: Our home loop
Our most trodden route just happens to be the least picturesque of all of them (which is why I mentioned earlier that not every route we run is that pretty). It’s a 30ish minute (or however long you want to make it depending on how many times you go around) loop from our house around our local village/estate.
We live in a suburban area of Swansea which is consists largely of relatively recently built houses down winding streets and cul-de-sacs. The estate is attached to what was once a small village (not anymore I guess) with a pretty church and village pub.
The route is our ‘hilly’ route as the entire estate is built on a giant hill which you have to run up and down in several places in order to be able to complete the loop. On a brighter note however the elevation does provide some nice views of the countryside beyond in some places.
Route 2: Our long run (the bay).
Our second-most trodden route is probably out and back around the 6ish mile coast of Swansea bay which we use for our long run’s.
The route is a promenade that stretches from one end of the bay at Swansea Marina right around to the other end of the bay at Mumbles. It’s perfectly flat and there are no roads to cross so perfect for long run training. It’s only downside is that it can get incredibly busy at times (any time the sun decides to come out) and so is best ran early in the morning or late in the evening to avoid having to dodge pedestrians for the entire run.
Route 3: The mile lake
Our 3rd route is a path around a local lake that is an exact 1 mile loop. This means you can easily keep count of how many miles you have ran by counting how many times you have ran around the lake. It’s good when you are feeling un-motivated as you can count how many laps you have left until you are done. However, it can get boring just running the same loop time and time again so we sometimes run around the very unpicturesque side streets as well (which are full of businesses and shops) to try and add a bit of variety.
The lake is popular with families and dog walkers and does get busy sometimes so it’s best to go when it’s quiet. It’s also popular with exercise groups from the local gyms because the council have put out free exercise equipment to encourage people to get fit (i’ll do a post about this at some point – they have also put them all along Swansea bay).
Route 4: The Reservoir.
Our final frequently run route is a path that stretches between our two local reservoirs. It’s about 2.5 miles in length (we run out and back making it a 5 mile run max). It is seldom crowded, but does have some pretty long inclines in places. The run takes you from one end of the lower reservoir all the way along one side and then on up to the edge of the higher reservoir (hence the inclines). There is a nice cafe at the carpark for if you are feeling peckish post run!
We do run other routes on occasion but these are by far the most frequent. Lately we have been looking for new places to add to our running portfolio and hopefully we will be able to try out a few of these in the coming weeks/months and maybe create some more ‘regulars’.
What are your favourite routes to run? Let us know in the comments!