Nottingham, England

The best places to run in Nottingham.

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Nottingham is a lovely city in the East Midlands, situated along the lower valley of the River Trent, with Sherwood Forest to the north. It’s a popular visitor destinations, known for its links to to the legend of Robin Hood and to the lace-making, bicycle, and tobacco industries. There are some great options for running in Nottingham. Much of it is centered around paths along the River Trent.

A good way to see Nottingham on foot is our ‘runseeing‘ tour, which includes Nottingham Castle, the Arboretum, and other key sites. There’s terrific running along the many miles of paths along the River Trent, with Colwick Country Park and Attenborough Nature Reserve providing additional waterfront running in at the eastern and western ends of the paths, respectively. Runners will also love historic Wollaton Hall/Park, for its tree-lined allées, landscaped gardens, and open meadows.

Nottingham has an excellent bus and tram system, providing easy access to most of our running routes.

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Nottingham has a mild oceanic climate like much of the rest of England. Summers here are mild but not warm, with average highs in the 70F (21C) range, and nights that dip into the mid-50s. Winters are damp and cool, with daytime temperatures in the mid-40s (7C) and lows just above freezing. Ice and snow are rate. The 27 inches (715mm) of rainfall is fairly evenly spread throughout the year. Note the latitude means short winter days and gorgeously late summer sunsets.

There’s a good cluster of accommodations inside Radford Blvd./Lenton Blvd., which enables easy access to most of our running routes in Nottingham.


There’s a  branch of the terrific UK running chain Up and Running. They host GROUP RUNS Mondays at 18:30, and other social running events (info).

In Derby, there’s the Derby Runner indy running shop. They host group runs Mondays 18:00.


Up and Running has group runs Mondays at 18:30, and other social running events (info).

The Derby Runner indy running shop. They host group runs Mondays 18:00.

There are numerous parkruns in Nottingam: Forest Recreation GroundWollaton Hall, Colwick, Gedling, Bestwood Village, Beeston, Clifton, Rushcliffe, Long Eaton, Shipley Country, Alvaston