Ellis Brigham Local Trail Runs
Ellis Brigham stores and offices are full of passionate trail runners who take every opportunity to get outside and hit up local routes; often squeezing in runs during extended lunches and after work.
To help you make the most of the time you have in the week we thought we would share some of the best routes the Ellis Brigham team enjoy that are near to Ellis Brigham stores and town centres.
Aviemore – Martin
One of the many trails Martin enjoys in the Aviemore area (Craigellachie)
Aviemore has an abundance of trails on its doorstep that provide varied terrain and something for all level. The stunning scenery and wildlife make every run special and remind you of how lucky you're to live in the Cairngorms.
Straight out of the shop front door and into Craigellachie National Nature Reserve, you have a moderate ascent till the summit and Loch Dubh. Head down the same path with a slight deviation toward the bottom and you’ve had a braw run in no time at all.
Craigellachie GPX File (Download)
More routes in the Aviemore area:
- Loch Morlich from Glenmore Lodge 8.3 Km
- Coylum Campsite 7.1 Km
- Cairngorm & the Northern Corries 11.1 Km
Bristol – Mark
Bristol's ancient forests are easy to access
Bristol is a city that has plenty of green open spaces and an abundance of countryside nearby. This trail run starts near the Downs at the zoo and takes you across the iconic suspension bridge and into Leigh Woods
Here you share wooded trails with mountain bikers as you pass through ancient forests; it feels like a million miles away from the city (but is only 2 miles from the centre). Once in the woods, you can lose yourself and explore the trails where you may not see another soul for the entire run.
Leigh Woods GPX File (Download)
Looking for a few hills? Then choose to run to paradise and back (Leigh Court) or down into the gorge underneath the bridge and alongside Avon towpath before sweeping back up into the hills near Leigh Court.
Cambridge – Theo
This scenic trail is popular with walkers and runners as well as artists
Grantchester Meadows 10K is one of the best and most scenic runs inside of Cambridge. It follows the river down through the meadows as part of a circular route.
Grantchester Meadows GPX File (Download)
For more runs in and around Cambridge, the University Running Club has some great suggestions.
Castlefield – Robert
The canal in Dunham and beyond
Head out from our Castlefield store along the canal to Altrincham, Dunham and beyond. The towpath is in good condition for most of the route without feeling like road running underfoot.
Castlefield Canal GPX File
Chelmsford - Steve
The River Chelmer
This quaint route takes you along the River Chelmsford before joining up with the Saffron Trail and looping back the same way you came.
Chelmsford GPX File
Chester – James
The Jubilee Tower at the summit of Moel Famau
Clwydian Hills have lots of trails to explore with one of my favourites going up to the summit of Moel Famau. It also just so happens to start and finish at The We Three Loggerheads Pub, if you need a bit of refreshment afterwards.
Moel Famau GPX File
Kensington - James
Keep your eyes out for deer that live in Richmond Park
The Tasmin trail in Richmond Park is about as placid as it gets but it’s a great escape from the centre of London. It takes you around the perimeter of the park with a few small inclines, forested areas and parkland.
Tasmin Trail GPX File
Manchester - Chris
Despite its industrial past, Manchester has plenty of parks and greenery within easy reach. Stretford Meadows is a lovely little area that links up Sale Water Park and the River Mersey.
Stretford Meadows GPX File
If you would like any more recommendations for local routes, gear advice or just want to chat about trail running please feel free drop into your local store. We also host numerous trail running events so if you would like to get involved they are all publicised on the Ellis Brigham Facebook page.