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Oxford, UK

A Comprehensive Guide to the Best Places to Run in Oxford

The English city of Oxford is renowned as the home of the University of Oxford, the oldest university in the English speaking world. While much of Oxford’s economy centers around education, publishing, and related fields, it’s also a center of motor manufacturing. Tourists venture to Oxford for the rich and varied architecture, breweries, and museums. For a relatively small city, there are fantastic options for running in Oxford, including river and canal paths, large parks and meadows, the historic center and university campus, and grounds of an old estate.

A great way to get oriented in Oxford is to take our 9 km ‘runseeing’ tour, which hits the highlights and Oxford campus. Some of the best placxes to run in Oxford incorporate the River Thames, with extensive paths and loops of Port Meadow and Christ Church Meadow. For more waterside running, the Oxford Canal go for miles. The University Parks surrounding the River Cherwell and Shotover Country Park are also pleasant. And the grounds of Blenheim Palace are a worth-it destination run.

Oxford is a very walkable city, but there is also an excellent bus system. For longer distance travel, hop on the train at Oxford Station.

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Oxford Runseeing Tour

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Oxford Runseeing Tour

Oxford, UK

One of our favorite 'runseeing' tours in Europe. Historic buildings, Oxford University campus, River Thames paths, botanical gardens, historic bridges, and posh neighborhoods -- all in one easy-to-follow 9 km tour! Easy add-on opportunities.
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Oxford Canal

Oxford, UK

If you tire of the river paths in Oxford, another great long-distance option is the Oxford Canal. This towpath follows the waterside for 77 miles. We've mapped a 10k out and back from Gloucester Green and the Wolvercote Lakes, with options for many more miles.
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Shotover Country Park

Oxford, UK

Opportunities for a light trail run abound on the paths of Shotover Country Park in Headington. Run the paths on their own, or follow our 5 km route to reach the park from the center of the city. It's also easily reachable by transport.
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Blenheim Palace

Oxford, UK

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a worth-it destination run. Miles of smooth and scenic walking paths surround spectacular grounds and formal gardens of this 17th century estate. We've recommended certain trails and mapped a loop from Woodstock.
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Oxford Parkrun

Oxford, UK

Looking for some fun and friendly competition? Cutteslowe and Sunnymead Park in northern Oxford is home to Parkrun, a free group 5k held every Saturday morning.
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Oxford Runseeing Tour

Oxford, UK

One of our favorite 'runseeing' tours in Europe. Historic buildings, Oxford University campus, River Thames paths, botanical gardens, historic bridges, and posh neighborhoods -- all in one easy-to-follow 9 km tour! Easy add-on opportunities.
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Oxford’s weather is similar to that of London — perhaps a little milder and with less rain. Summers are generally delightful, with high temperatures in the 22C (72F) range and cool nights. Winters can be overcast and damp, but not too cold. Daytime highs reach 7C (45F) and lows dip to just above freezing. The 640mm of annual precip is spread evenly through the year.

Most of the hotels in Oxford are centralized around the High Street University area. Find a list of places to stay at ExperienceOxfordshire.com.

Up and Running Oxford is one of the city’s most popular running stores. They host Thursday social runs all over Oxfordshire.

Other local clubs include the Oxford University Club Hurriers (OUCH) and the Kidlington Running Club. Of course, the University has its own active cross-country team.

Oxford has an annual half-marathon, as well as other running events throughout the year.