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Best places in Bristol to run with your dog

If your running buddy has four legs and a wagging tail, then Bristol is a great place to explore with many dog friendly areas, perfect for canicross! Join us as we explore the best places in Bristol to run with your dog.

A few things that unify our favourite running spots are; large areas to explore (to keep it interesting!), mostly flat ground, wide and easy to navigate paths, big enough to feel like you have your own space and great areas for your dog to run about too.

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Ashton Court Estate

One of the great things about Ashton Court is its great variety of terrain, from off-track woodland running to wide tarmacked pathways with a good mixture of flat and incline to keep you entertained. Suitable for all abilities and particularly brilliant in the morning when no one is about.

Long Ashton, Bristol

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Ashton Hill

A wide woodland path encircles Ashton Hill which is mostly flat with gentle inclines. The woods are often quiet and well sheltered from the sun. The 3km approx circular provides great scenery, and even better, your pooch will love it!

Long Ashton, North Somerset

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Blaise Castle Estate

Quite a challenging route if you’re game for running up some hills (luckily, your pup can help you with that)! There are so many routes you can run here, you will never get bored, there’s a mixture of grassy, gravel, tarmacked and forest trails.

Henbury, Bristol

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Cheddar Reservoir

Perfect for runners and doggies who desire a flat run with beautiful scenery. Approximately a 2 mile circular route, you and our pup can take this route at your own speed, whilst saying hi to other runners at the reservoir.

Cheddar, Somerset

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Eastville Park

A huge space for running around with your pup on a 5km measured path. The park is essentially a sloping hill though, so it might not be the easiest run! However, there are thankfully some good downhill areas, the path is tarmacked and you can run around the lovely lake.

Eastville, Bristol

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Hengrove Park & Hengrove Mounds Nature Reserve

A flat run through the old airfield means Hengrove Park is a perfect place to have a relaxed run without too much pressure. There are tarmac paths to run on, or you can save your knees and run on the grass instead. Your pup will love it!

Hengrove, Bristol

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Kings Weston House

Reasonably flat with small inclines. There are a number of routes you can take, with an easy circular route, through woodlands, fields and even past an impressive garden ruin. After, grab a drink at Kings Weston House Cafe and admire the view of Avonmouth and the River Severn.

Lawrence Weston, Bristol

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Leigh Woods

Run with your dog through the stunning and ever popular Leigh Woods. Choose a steep route and challenge yourself, or stay in the flat area where you can see spectacular views of the Suspension Bridge. Very muddy in winter, you and your pup won’t leave with clean shoes or paws!

Abbots Leigh, North Somerset

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Oldbury Court Estate

A varied run on a reasonably flat estate, combining woodland trails, riverside paths and tarmacked parkland. There are small steady inclines suitable for beginners, and wide open fields to run through. Run down to the Avon River so your pup can have a splash around!

Frome Vale, Bristol

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Stoke Park Estate

The hills are Stoke Park Estate are not for the faint-hearted! But there are great open areas of ground to run through. From the flatter sloping terrain, you can drop down into the ‘basin’ and run on tarmacked paths to the famous yellow house on the hill that you see on the M32.

Lockleaze, Bristol

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The Downs

Run along Ladies Mile, off road it and explore the woodlands, or admire the view of the Avon Gorge at Seawalls. The Downs area is huge, so vary your route and head towards the suspension bridge, running up an incline to get there, but the spectacular view is well worth it!

Stoke Bishop, Bristol

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Victoria Park

Victoria Park has a large sloping hill, with rewarding views at the top, looking upon St Mary’s Redcliffe to one side and the painted houses of Bedminster and Totterdown on the other. There are steps up one side of the hill if you and your dog really feel like a challenge!

Windmill Hill, Bristol

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