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Find out where you can run in Wales and what information you can get to plan your visit
Run Coed y Brenin
Whether you enjoy a gentle jog or are training for a long-distance event, running is a great way to keep fit and enjoy the outdoors.
As well as running in towns and cities, there are plenty of other places to run in Wales.
Read on to find out where you can run.
For more information about open access land and public rights of way, go to managing access.
National Trails are long distance walking, cycling and horse riding routes through some of the best landscapes in England and Wales.
There are three National Trails in Wales:
For information about each trail and to plan your run, see the National Trails website.
From the outskirts of Chester in the north to Chepstow in the south, the Wales Coast Path provides a continuous walking route around the whole of Wales.
To find out more, see the Wales Coast Path website.
There are waymarked running trails in Coed y Brenin Forest Park, Bwlch Nant yr Arian Forest Park (see section below) and in Tan y Coed in the Dyfi forest.
You can also run on any of the waymarked walking trails or roads in the other woodlands and in the national nature reserves managed by Natural Resources Wales. See places to go for more information about these trails.
If you have a smartphone, you can download our free PlacesToGo app which includes all of these walking routes along with information on recreation facilities.
Natural Resources Wales has added to the choice of routes for runners by creating waymarked running trails in Coed y Brenin Forest Park, Bwlch Nant yr Arian Forest Park and in Tan y Coed in the Dyfi forest
In Coed y Brenin and Bwlch Nant yr Arian, there is a visitor centre with a café and other visitor facilities. There are toilets at Tan y Coed.
Remember that you’ll need footwear and kit to suit the conditions - some sections of the longer trails follow muddy footpaths for which trail shoes are recommended.
There are four waymarked running trails starting from Coed y Brenin Forest Park Visitor Centre.
Find out more about running at Coed y Brenin Forest Park.
There are two waymarked running trails starting from Bwlch Nant yr Arian Forest Visitor Centre.
Find out more about running at Bwlch Nant yr Arian Forest Park.
There are two waymarked running trails starting from the Tan y Coed car park.
Both trails are roughly 5 miles/8km long, and include steep climbs and descents over forest road and unmade paths.
Find out more about running in Tan y Coed.
Sometimes a public right of way has to be closed or diverted.
Signage on-site should tell you whether a public right of way is open or closed.
For more information about how exclusions or restrictions are applied to open access land, go to managing access.
Go to Woodlands and You to find out how to get permission to organise a running event in one of the woodlands managed by Natural Resources Wales.
The Countryside Code applies to all parts of the countryside in England and Wales.
It aims to help everyone respect, protect and enjoy the outdoors.
You can download a copy of the Countryside Code before your visit.
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