Cheffy’s top 3 scenic running routes in Cornwall
Every year I watch the London Marathon it inspires me to dust off and lace up my running shoes.
I know holidays are a time for uninterrupted relaxation, but I’m sure the marathon gives some of you guys the same urge, right?!
We’re blessed to have some of the UK’s most scenic and breathtaking running routes down here in Cornwall, so I’m going to share my top 3 close to our holiday parks...
On the doorstep of Perran View Holiday Park is Perranporth Beach, scene of the first running route.
How could I not include a local beach? It’s the ideal location for a run – no traffic, soft on the joints and the sea breeze proves to be the perfect fuel to achieve an extra mile.
At low tide, Perranporth Beach is three miles of golden sand. Suitable for everyone’s capabilities, you can tackle as much of the stretch as you can manage.
I’d suggest leaving your iPod at home, there’s nothing better than listening to the sound of crashing waves as you smash the miles!
Newquay To Watergate Bay
Newquay is a popular destination for visitors to our UK holiday parks. If you have the chance to squeeze in a run while you’re there, pick this one.
The route from Newquay to Watergate Bay covers a two mile section of the South West Coast Path.
The 4 mile round run is the most challenging of the three, but panoramic views over Watergate Bay and the Atlantic Ocean are your reward.
If timed correctly, the cliff top run offers an unrivalled vantage point for a Cornish sunset.
Penzance To Marazion
At just over 2 miles and largely level, this is the shortest and easiest route to make the list – perfect for my ageing legs!
Again based along the South West Coast Path, this run takes you from Penzance to Marazion, with amazing views across Mount’s Bay to St Michael’s Mount, Mousehole and the Lizard.
The beach section should give your legs some impact respite and is perfect if you’re planning on taking a dog.
In autumn the Marazion Bird Reserve attracts a variety of species including rare water rails and bitterns, you may even witness flocks of swallows hunting flying ants.