Favorite Route Lists

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 30 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.

Potsdam

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.
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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.
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Wimpole Hall Estate

Cambridge, UK

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.
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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.
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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.
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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!
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Frognerparken Loop

Oslo, Norway

One of the most popular places to run in Oslo. A combination park and historic estate. Now houses the Oslo City Museum. Also enjoy Vigelandsparken, a sculpture park and museum displaying the works of Gustav Vigeland.
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Rambouillet

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.
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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.
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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.
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Rosenstein Park

Stuttgart, Germany

This large park in downtown Stuttgart abuts the Wilhelma zoo and botanical gardens, with a paved loop including architectural gems such as the Rosenstein Palace and Lion’s Gate. Connections to the Castle Gardens and Neckar River path.
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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!
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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.
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Windsor Great Park and Long Walk

Windsor, UK

The 4,800-acre park stretching just south of Windsor Castle is among the most spectacular parks for running in Europe. Explore 1,000 years of history while enjoying the famous 'Long Walk', a lake loop, huge lawns, and forested trails.
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