We love heading to the south coast out of season when the wind’s whipping the sea into a foaming frenzy, the sky dawns clear blue one day and a brooding grey the next and the beaches are empty and exciting. The South West Coast Path is an incredible trail, with many sections along its 630-mile length between Poole in Dorset and Minehead in Somerset that provide outstanding trail running. The stretch that traces the intricate coast around the Kingswear peninsula is one of the few we hadn’t previously visited but, having just returned feeling windswept and refreshed, we’ll definitely be returning to explore some more.
Set within the southern reaches of Snowdonia National Park, Coed-y-Brenin is the UK’s first, and largest, dedicated mountain bike trail centre. This extensive area of forest is networked with miles of exceptional singletrack for experienced riders alongside family and intermediate trails perfectly suited to all abilities. A more recent addition, Run Coed-y-Brenin boasts a fantastic range of dedicated, way-marked running trails from the 2.7-mile (4.3km) Sarn Helen to the challenging Half Marathon (13.5 m/21.8km) that features over 700 metres of ascent.
Stretching west from the Anglo-Welsh border to Carmarthenshire, the Brecon Beacons form a rolling, wild landscape set within the 519 square miles (1,340 km2) of the Brecon Beacons National Park. The region’s high point is Pen-y-Fan at 2,907 feet (886m), also the highest point in South Wales. Well serviced by footpaths and bridleways, this is a place that’s fantastic for multi-day adventures on foot or bike; the area is also a dark sky reserve, perfect for watching the stars from a wild bivvy.