Caledonian Sleeper's Guide to City Running Routes


Two of the most significant races in the running calendar are taking place this weekend – the London Marathon and Great Edinburgh Run (Sunday 23 April).

Whether it’s a quick lunchtime workout or a lengthy evening session, running is a great way to get outdoors and see dozens of popular sites across a city in one go.

Caledonian Sleeper has created a list of central running routes featuring London and Edinburgh’s most iconic landmarks.

Created in honour of the Princess of Wales, the 7.2 mile way-marked route is perfect for any visiting runner. The route boasts four of the Royal City Parks including Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park, Green Park and St James’ Park. Along the way there are plenty of views of The Mall and Buckingham Palace, as well as an abundance of stunning wildlife.

This riverside run is perfect for an easy afternoon bout. The 3.4 mile loop follows the River Thames to the Golden Jubilee Bridge across to the Tate Modern art gallery before returning over the Millennium Bridge. This bustling route offers the chance to see the iconic sites of Big Ben, the Palace of Westminster and the O2 Millennium Dome.

In the heart of Edinburgh towers Arthur’s Seat offering a range of road and trail running options with breath-taking views across the city and the Pentland Hills. Setting off from Dynamic Earth, the route is around 3.4 miles and provides a steady incline throughout. For a more flat route, nearby Holyrood Park is a gentle alternative.

Make your way through the city on the Water of Leith Walkway stretching from Leith through the centre to the village of Balerno in the South West. Choose to clock up a mile or the full 12 mile path while passing some of Edinburgh’s popular sites and fascinating areas. This includes the Scottish Gallery of Modern Art, Union Canal, the idyllic suburb of Stockbridge and Murrayfield Stadium in the West End.

Pull on your trainers and take some inspiration from the weekend’s running events. Explore London and Edinburgh with a trip on board Caledonian Sleeper.

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