Keeping fit and healthy is not always easy, but rather than join an expensive gym, why not consider getting out into the fresh air for a run or a jog, or even just a walk? Even in the centre of London, there are some lovely scenic and pleasant jogging routes to be found. So, to inspire you as you plan your perambulations, here are a few suggestions for jogging routes in the capital city:
– Victoria Park
Take an eight kilometer or so jog round the perimeter of Victoria Park, one of the most historic and pleasant parks in London, or amend the route to make it longer or shorter, which is easily done. The park is pretty and the air is relatively clear, and you will see a number of other people recreating in the morning before work, or lounging on a sunny summer’s evening.
– Thames Towpath
The Thames Towpath stretches on for mile after pleasant mile along this artery of the city. Set off from Kingston and head to Hampton Court Palace, or simply jog out of the centre of the city until you get tired, at which point you can easily hop onto a train at one of the train stations on the route and head back. If you get peckish during blackberry season, these fruit are bountiful along the path.
– Central London Riverside Jog
If you want to see many of the most beautiful and famous sites of Central London, why not take the route offered by some companies offering jogging tours of the city? Starting at Tower Bridge and finishing outside the House of Parliament, this route winds its way down the river, crossing it several times. This is not the quietest of jogs, but the interest of the sights around could take your mind off the fatigue and keep you going through the crowds.
– Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens
The wide expanses of Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens are perfect for a jog. Why not plan a route through the gardens round the Serpentine. Here in the centre of the city, the place will be bustling with life – plenty to see and do as you jog or run the route. Perhaps the perfect jog, as you can make it as long or as short as you wish, and an escape route is never far away.
– Regent’s Park and Hampstead Heath
If you are new to jogging, the short circuit around pleasant Regent’s Park may be enough, but if you feel like a bit of a challenge, why not cut up through Primrose Hill to Hampstead Heath, where many more route options for your jog then open up? For a real challenge you could try to tackle the nine hills route round Hampstead Heath which is very picturesque, but designed for maximum gradient and as an intensive training regime.
Whatever your age or fitness level, just get out there and enjoy yourself.