Favorite Routes by Theme

Spectacular Palace and Manor Grounds

Many former palace and grand manor estates have been turned into spectacular grounds open to the public. The beautifully landscaped gardens, grand allées, and tree-lined paths are a treat for running. Here are 40 of the most spectacular estates that are suitable for running. As you would imagine, a fair number of them are in Europe. Note that many of these spots have set opening hours and might require admission. The routes are in alphabetical order, by location.

Rivierenhof Park

Antwerp, Belgium

A large park in eastern Antwerp, located on the former estate of the Sterckshof Castle. Numerous gravel paths wind around nicely landscaped grounds of this 130-hectare park, passing numerous small ponds and rivers. Easy to stitch together a 5-7 km run.

Biltmore Estate Trails and Gardens

Asheville, NC

This beautiful chateau, with gardens and grounds designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, has over 22 miles of trails spread over 8,000 acres lining the French Broad River and surrounding forests. Note: Set hours and very steep admission fee required.


Berlin, Germany

15 miles from Berlin and an easy train ride, Potsdam is a fabulous place to visit. Our route highlights the famous castles and landmarks. Great additional options.

Tyntesfield Estate

Bristol, England

National Trust property is a Gothic Revival home featuring beautiful grounds: gardens, vast woodland, heritage trees, and rolling parkland. Run on a marked 5k route or several other marked loops.

Tilleghem Forest & Castle

Bruges Area, Belgium

This park-like area, 7 km south of Bruges, offers some wonderful running opportunities. There are numerous paths winding through fields, woods, and meadows...and a castle! There are several marked trails that can be done as running loops.

Wimpole Hall Estate

Cambridge, England

Run the grounds of this classic English country estate, which includes a 2.5-mile Grand Avenue, belts of woodland, fields & meadows, formal gardens, a chain of lakes, and farmland. Includes marked walk and cycle paths.

Castell Coch

Cardiff, Wales

Run the grounds of Castell Coch, 6 miles north of the city, which feature a network of gravel paths sprawling across the Forest Fawr. These trails are wooded and serene, but smooth and non-technical.

Mount Edgcumbe & Rame Head

Cornwall, England

A true destination run and one of the most scenic in Cornwall. Landscaped gardens, open parkland woodland paths, gorgeous sections of S W Coast Path in this 865-acre historic coast park only a 7-minute ferry from Plymouth. Something for all!

Castle Park of Vizille

Grenoble, France

A worth it destination run 20 km south of Grenoble. Anchored by the Château de Vizille that's now a museum, there are 100 acres of gorgeous grounds, from grand lawns and gardens to a lake and canal-side paths, and some forested sections.

Kronborg Castle & Waterfront

Helsingør, Denmark

A spectacular run in Helsingør, featuring a loop around Kronborg -- the 16th-century waterfront castle that's the model for Elsinore in Hamlet -- and then scenic running north of the castle around the marina and on a promenade path along the Øresund strait.

Nijō Castle Paths

Kyoto, Japan

Castle built in 1603 is one of the more popular visitor sites in Kyoto. It's also popular with runners. A loop around the perimeter is 1.8 km. For a longer run, our Imperial Palace and Kamo River path routes are ~1 km away.

Castle Hill

Ljubljana, Slovenia

Castle Hill is a wonderful 1.9 mile (3 km) history tour of medieval Ljubljana complete with challenging hill work. It is easily accessed from the city center. The climb is 557 feet over less than 1 mile, with grades up to 8%, but the views are rewarding!

Frognerparken Loop

Oslo, Norway

One of the most popular places to run in Oslo. A combination park and historic estate. Enjoy 4--5 km of beautifully landscaped trails around the manor (now Oslo City Museum), and the Gustav Vigeland sculpture park.

Blenheim Palace

Oxford, England

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.


Paris, France (Suburbs)

Located 45 km southwest of Paris, Rambouillet is a charming suburb and a wonderfully green area. Great running in the extensive Rambouillet Forest and the grounds of Château du Rambouillet and Gardens.

Villa Doria Pamphili

Rome, Italy

Rome’s largest park, contains a stunning, mid- 17th century palace surrounded by garden mazes, jogging trails, fabulous fountains, a superb grotto, and pine lined views of Rome from atop the Janiculum hill.

Castle Gardens

Stuttgart, Germany

Run the grounds of Stuttgart’s old palace at the “Schlossgarten,” a collection of three manicured parks in the heart of the city. Routes up to 7 km can be combined with the Neckar River and Rosenstein Park runs.

Akasaka Palace w/ Two Palace Option

Tokyo, Japan

Uninterrupted ~2 mile footpath around the perimeter of the original Imperial Palace is popular with runners. Can be combined w/Imperial Palace run for 6.8 miles. Also nearby is 2020 Olympic Stadium, and a sports complex with a running track.

The Imperial Palace

Tokyo, Japan

The most famous and popular run in central Tokyo. It’s possible to do a relatively uninterrupted 3.1 mile run around the perimeter. Views of some of Tokyo’s major sites. Video excerpt!

Parco La Mandria

Turin, Italy

Gorgeous running in the second largest enclosed park in Europe! Create your own run on the beautifully landscaped grounds and paths around the baroque La Venaria Reale and Castello de La Mandria. Options for some wilder, more remote paths and small roads.

Rockefeller State Park

Westchester County, NY

The 45 miles of carriage trails at Rockefeller State Park are one of the running highlights of Westchester County. Wide, paths made of crushed stone through gorgeous hardwood forests, landscaped gardens, fields lakes. Great views of the Hudson.

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