Bristol, England

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Bristol is the most populous city in South West England. It’s situated on the River Avon & River Frome, and is also known for its characteristically hilly landscape. There’s a wonderful variety of options for running in Bristol — from river paths to extensive parks and several country estates that are open to the public. And, many of the best routes are adjacent, allowing for wonderful combo runs.

A great way to get oriented for Bristol’s running scene is to start with our Harbourside tour and also the paths along the River Avon. The Avon paths also connect to several other great places to run in Bristol: Clifton Downs, Ashton Court Estate, and Leigh Woods. For other country estate running, try Tyntesfield and Blaise Castle. For a longer-distance off-road run, the Bristol end of the 15-mile Bristol and Bath Railway Path starts at Newton Park (home to a great brewery!). North of the city, we love combining Eastville Park and the River Frome Walkway path. See also our running guide for Bath for more running options.

Bristol’s main public transport system is a good bus network, and ferry terminals along the River Avon. There are excellent rail connections. Runners should also note the Bristol is hilly!

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Bristol has an oceanic climate and is slightly milder and has less rain than some other parts of England. Summers are mild, with variable sunshine. Daytime temps hover around 70F (21C) and nights can be cool. In winter, average highs are in the mid-40s (8C) and lows dip to just above freezing. It can be chilly, overcast, and damp in winter. Bring the right clothing!

Try to stay in the center of Bristol, inside of the network of highways that form sort of a ring road around the city. That will provide access to the River Avon path and several other of the best places to run in Bristol.


The are several great running stores in Bristol, including branches of the Up & Running and Runners Need chains.

Easy Runner is Bristol’s biggest running shop.

Moti is another great running store and hosts weekly group runs.


The Moti Running store has group runs Wednesdays @ 6:30 p.m. from their store. Info.

Up & Running hosts weekly 5k ‘social runs. Info.

There are also several Parkruns in the Bristol area, including Ashton Court, Eastville Park, & more.



The signature running event in Bristol is the annual Great Bristol Run, a 10k & half-marathon held the last Sunday in September.

Other local running events can be found in this calendar and this calendar.