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!