London, UK (Suburbs)

South London Suburbs

Our routes in the south London suburbs cover the area includes Lambeth, Southwark, and Lewisham, and mainly focus on the wonderful parks and ‘commons’ that are great for running! For a running excursion, head to Surry Hills or the High Weald.

Battersea Park: A popular destination along the River Thames paths, Battersea Park has a perimeter circuit of about 3.5 km and lots of interior paths around ponds, gardens, and green lawns. For a longer run, can combine with Clapham Common (below).  Battersea Park Route MAP.

Clapham Common/Wandsworth Common: Another good option in the Brixton area, the sprawling green of Clapham Common is brimming with runnable trails. We’ve mapped a 6 km route starting from the Clapham Common Train Station and winding along the north end of the park. At Wakehurst Road, cut west on this lovely residential street to Wandsworth Common. Head south to the edge of the park, then return to Clapham Common on the sidewalk of B237 (Nightingale Lane). For a longer run, can combine with Battersea Park (above). Clapham Common Route MAP.

Ruskin and Brockwell Park: These two large parks on either end of the Herne Hill neighborhood can be connected for a nice neighborhood/park run. Start out from Herne Hill, take a loop around Brockwell Park (~2.7 km), then head north on Herne Hill Road. Follow Herne Hill for 1.3 km east to Ruskin Park, do another loop, then return on the same route for a 7.5 km tour. Note: Hilly. Ruskin and Brockwell Park Route MAP.

Crystal Palace Park: Located about 30 minutes south of London, Crystal Palace Park is a center of activity, from playgrounds and mazes to museums and concert halls. The flat gravel paths surrounding the park are ideal for running. A loop around the perimeter is about 4 km – good for a single circuit or a couple of laps. Crystal Palace Park Route MAP.

Surrey Hills: A 163 sq. mile designated “Area of Natural Beauty”, dotted by hills, fields, vineyards, and quiet roads. There are some wonderful opportunities for running in this beautiful countryside area, including hundreds of miles of trails. There are about 10 designated ‘walking routes’, several of which are perfect surface/terrain/distance for running. It’s about 20 miles west of Gatwick Airport. Surrey Hills INFO.

The High Weald: This “Area of Natural Beauty” is about 15 miles south of Gatwick. A medieval landscape of wooded, rolling hills studded with sandstone outcrops; small, irregular-shaped fields; scattered farmsteads; and ancient routeways. This is a vacation destination in itself. Some 1,500 miles of footpaths, bridleways and byways. High Weald INFO.

Brighton. Popular beach resort 50 miles south of central London. Some fantastic waterfront running, and gorgeous trail running in the hills just inland. See our separate running guide for Brighton.