Two of the most popular running routes in the UK are in Dorset

Two of the most popular running routes in the UK are in Dorset. The South West Coastal Path, along the Jurassic Coast, as well as the Golden Cap, between Bridport and Charmouth, both made it to the list of the best running trails across the country.

Sports shoe company HOKA named the 2.4-mile Arthur’s Seat course in Edinburgh as the biggest hit with runners. But Dorset had two in the top 15 – the South West Coast Path and the Golden Cap.

The 630 mile South West Coast Path starts in Somerset and stretches along the Dorset coast as well as Devon and Cornwall. A low-to-moderate level of difficulty and stunning views make it a hit with runners no matter what miles they choose to run.

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The Golden Cap, which was 11th on the list, has miles of trails and circular paths that wind through the woods of Langdon Hill Wood. The hills provide more of a challenge for runners, but the reward is stunning views across Lyme Bay to Dartmoor in Devon on a clear day.

HOKA produced the list by analyzing Google searches, Instagram popularity, and TripAdvisor reviews. The research also considered the length and level of difficulty of each trail.

It said: “Whether running for fun or beating a PB, more and more people are becoming addicted to running, with ‘running’ being searched for every 30 seconds in the UK. From a short jog in the park to training for a marathon, running is a great way to not only stay healthy, but also to meet new people, connect with yourself and with nature. “

Top 15 most popular race tracks in the UK

  1. Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh

  2. Box Hill, Surrey

  3. Southwest Coast Trail

  4. Helvellyn, Lake District

  5. Malham Cove, Yorkshire

  6. West Highland Way, Scotland

  7. Elan Valley, Wales

  8. Pennine Trail

  9. Wales Coastal Path

  10. South Downs Path

  11. gold cap

  12. Scar Gordale

  13. Pen-y-Ghent

  14. Cleveland Road

  15. Loughrigg Falls

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