Trail running for Londoners

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Now that the clocks have changed, and the sun has started streaming through the windows in the morning, the team at Crewroom can't wait to get into their running kit and hit the trails.

Living in London - some people think it's not possible to find a good trail running route, and so either always pound the pavement or wind up on the treadmill in the gym.

We're here to disprove that theory and give you some Spring time inspiration! Here are our favourite trails in London, and a short distance from London to get you off the beaten track in the middle of the urban jungle:

The Capital Ring: a 78 mile route spanning the boroughs of Greater London. All sections are within a distance of tube stations making it easy to jump on and off easily. If you want a challenge, try the uphill 10km from Wimbledon to Richmond, great for the historic landscapes and odd deer sightings!

North Downs: The train from Clapham Junction can have you in Guildford in under half an hour. From there, make your way through the town and up a hill Pewley Down and it's view of the North Downs. A 153 mile trail between Farnham and Dover and is one of the major National Trails in England and Wales.

Bushey Park: Head out past Richmond and you're in Teddington, where you'll find Bushey Park - which we've heard more than one person say is a trail runners dream. Also accessible on mainlines, a short walk from Hampton Court Station.

Hampstead Heath: If you are really tied for time, and that 30 minutes to get to one of the two above trails is time best spent running, we've just the place for you that is simply central. Hampstead Heath in Zone 2, is a 2 minute walk from it's overground station. By hitting the perimeter of the Heath you can stick on trails, grass and woodland for at least 5km. The variety of trails is so vast, it's possible to run twice that distance back and forth over the Heath without retracing any steps. Pick your time for this trail if you want to avoid weekend picnickers.

Lee Valley Park: Finally, if it's a river run you're after - without the concrete of the South Bank or Bustle of the Embankment, you can head East to Waltham Cross and pick up the tow path at Lee Valley Whitewater Centre and run north around the edge of Bowyers Water. Lee Valley Park offers 26 miles of riverside trails.

Trails vary in length, and how long you yourself plan to be out on them - but it's important to come prepared!

Don' forget:


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Rain jacket: With English weather, we all know it can be unpredictable. Prepare for any inevitability with either our Microlight Drizzle Jacket or our wind and water resistant Evertek Grid Trail Jacket.

Warm layer: Keep your core warm - especially on the return journey home with our thermal Seadog base and mid layers

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