OUT & AB O UT
Scenic running routes Now that the kids are back in school it’s time to dust off those trainers and make the most of the countryside before winter sets in. Lily Canter heads off road to explore the best scenic running routes in the area.
This Site of Special Scientific Interest is perfect for runners with its network of footpaths and cycle ways running around the reservoir’s 17-mile perimeter. There are four main car parks (each with toilets), situated at Whitwell, Skyes Lane, Normanton and Barnsdale. Parking is £1.50 for up to an hour and £3.50 for up to three hours; annual passes are also available. You can choose your distance – whether it be a two-mile jog around the picturesque Normanton Church, or a marathon attempt around the reservoir, incorporating a circuit of the Hambleton Peninsular and amounting to 25 miles in total. The manmade lake regularly holds in excess of 25,000 waterfowl and it is bordered by woodlands, ensuring that there is always plenty of nature to observe. For those wanting a timed challenge, there is a free 5km (3-mile) park run every Saturday, starting at 9am at the Normanton Road entrance. • Find out more at: www.rutlandwater.org.uk and www.parkrun.org.uk/rutlandwater/
Brampton Valley Way Head out of the south side of Market Harborough next to Little Bowden allotments on to this former railway line. There is a free car park near to the playground off Scotland Road. The gravelly path is wide, and, although it has a gradual southerly incline, it feels flat underfoot and is sheltered by bracken hedgeways. This is definitely a route for the more adventurous runner, however, as it has two long stretches of pitch-black tunnels at Great Oxendon and Kelmarsh. A bright headtorch and steely nerves are a must, as the tunnels are pocketed with potholes and they are frequented by brave but slow cyclists. Enter at your own risk! The 14-mile route runs all the way from Market Harborough to Northampton avoiding roads, making it perfect for both short- and long-distance runners. • Find out more at www.northamptonshireparks.co.uk
RUTLAND & MARKET HARBOROUGH LIVING SEPTEMBER 2017
Published on Aug 18, 2017