Cardiff, Wales

A Comprehensive Guide to the Best Places to Run in Cardiff, Wales

Cardiff is the capital and chief commercial center of Wales, located on the country’s south coast along the Bristol Channel. Though it is one of the largest cities in the UK, Cardiff maintains a “small city” vibe with strategic modernizations that have made it a popular destination for alternative tourism. Paths along the rivers and bays, lovely parks, and classic European residential streets make running in Cardiff an all-around delightful experience.

The favorite choice for running in Cardiff is the chain of parks and multi-use paths along the River Taff, although the Cardiff Bay Trail around the city’s marinas and docks is a close second. Roath Park, to the north of the city center, is also a popular option, and we’ve mapped out other routes in popular touristic areas like Castell Coch, Garth Hill, and St. Fagans along the River Ely. Our guide also points to some of the best residential streets for running, trail running in Brecon Beacons National Park, and Parkrun events throughout the city.

Getting around compact Cardiff is easy on foot or by bike. To reach running routes further afield, both buses and trains are affordable and easy-to-navigate options. If you plan on spending any time in Brecon Beacons National Park, a car will allow you greater range and flexibility. Note also the famous Welsh weather — it can be windy, overcast, and rainy. But rarely too cold or too hot.

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Cardiff has typical British weather, influenced by the maritime location. Summers are mild and a bit drier, with daytimes typically in the 21C (72F) range and cool-ish nights. It rarely gets hot. Winters are cool and damp, with typical daytime temperatures in the 8C (46F) rangem and nights staying above freezing. Ice and snow are rare, though winters, especially, can be cool, windy, and damp. It is an experience to take a run on a particularly bleak day.

Most Cardiff hotels are located in the city center, with a few options closer to the bay. See Visit Cardiff for more lodging info.

Runners Need has a location in Cardiff city centre.

Run and Become is another popular and highly rated running store in downtown Cardiff, but you can also find gear at Moti Running and Triathalon, Sports Direct, and DW Sports locations.

For a group run, check out any of these Run and Become recommended clubs, or join the closest Parkrun.

There are lots of great running events in Cardiff, including a Taff Trail Half Marathon. See for a provisional list of upcoming events.