National Trust10 trail runs

While we were exploring the beautiful Peak District, Steph cycled along to the National Trust’s Longshaw Estate on Sunday morning to check out their 10k trail run.

I hadn’t heard about these events but lots of National Trust properties across England (and hopefully Scotland soon too!) hold trail runs every month, all for free!

From Cragside, Northumberland and Speke Hall, Liverpool to Godolphin, Cornwall and Coleton Fishacre, Devon, there’s a whole list to try out, so if you live nearby or a train ride away, or if you’re taking a long weekend in the countryside and fancy something fun on a Sunday morning as well as Saturday’s parkrun tourism, go along!

Steph had a great time at Longshaw Estate – who organise a run on the last Sunday of every month – and was warmly welcomed before setting off on a two lap trail adventure exploring the estate’s beautiful surroundings. Registration and the start/finish is at the cafe and tearoom, so there’s a safe place to leave belongings (and a bike!) before the race starts at 9am, and a cup of coffee awaiting your return. Younger (over 14s only) or less experienced runners can also try a one loop 5km trail run, but there’s no dogs allowed on this one, sorry!

Steph said it was quite a technical trail, she only just got away with wearing her road shoes, so if it’s any wetter or muddier I’d recommend a light trail shoe for a smoother ride. Every runner is given a number and if you’re going to be a repeat offender and join them again keep your number safe as it can be used again and again. Perfect.

A lovely way to start a Sunday, exploring a beautiful National Trust property and its grounds if you haven’t already or fancy a different perspective and meeting a new community of runners! Winner.

Have you tried any of the Trust10 runs or do you live nearby and think you might give one a go at the end of the month? Let me know in the comments!

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