Best Beginner Running Routes in Huddersfield

As part of Active April, we're bringing you 5 of Huddersfield's best running routes for beginners.

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Best Beginner Running Routes in Huddersfield

Greenhead Park Run

Tennis courts, ducks, war memorials, and an ice cream stand! Like most good park runs, Huddersfield's Greenhead Park comes with various checkpoints already built in. This makes it easy to customise your route depending on your ability level and desired length. There's a mix of terrain and elevations across the park too, which you might want to bear in mind when plotting your way around.

Starting at the back of the bowling green and running anticlockwise towards the war memorial and onwards to the water features, the loop is just over a mile long. Go round a few times, or get a little more creative with your route, though we suggest holding off on the ice cream until afterwards to avoid a stitch!

Huddersfield Narrow Canal

Huddersfield’s Narrow Canal is a lovely scenic route. Parallel to the water, the trail we've chosen is just under 4 miles long. It's an out-and-back route though, meaning you go out, turn around, and come back the same way. Luckily, this makes it really simple to cut down the distance if you want to. The trail is nearly all canal path too rather than mud so the route holds up surprisingly well in all weather conditions. You'll get a good glimpse of the wildlife, likely pass some canal boats and get some good views of the area along the way!

Beaumont Park Run

You've already had Huddersfield's largest park in Greenhead Park, now it's time for its oldest. Beaumont Park was the first park in Huddersfield, so it's only right it sets the tone for lots of the activity in the area. Running is no different and it's a great location for a park run, with a variety of trails and paths to explore.

Some parts of the paths can get a little boggy, so make sure you've got the right running trainers on, or avoid those parts until the sun comes out. Beaumont Park also holds a junior parkrun every Sunday, so it's a great option for the whole family.

Bradley Gate and Dyson Wood Loop

This convenient woodland route is a great option for beginners at just over 1.5 miles. It's a popular dog walking route, so be prepared to greet some friendly canines on your way around. You'll also come across some picturesque streams, but beware of the boggy surface. It gets very muddy, so we strongly advise some off-road running trainers with good grip.

Leeds Road Loop

Unlike the others on our list, there's not a lot of greenery on display here This route is right in the heart of Huddersfield and just a stone's throw away from Kingsgate Shopping Centre. Start on the corner of Wakefield Road near The Premier Inn. Run up St Andrews Road, take a left onto Grassworks Street, and follow on to Leeds Road before turning right back onto Wakefield Road. It's a handy little circuit for anyone close to the centre. At just over a mile long, and centrally located, this route could be a great platform for you to build on!

Give them a try and let us know which is your favourite!

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