Finding jogging routes through the city is fairly easy, especially if you want views the city centre and long roads. Both are aspects you can easily find for your jog through the city. The problem is with the air pollution in the city; with London currently at dangerous levels of air pollution it can sometimes be difficult to see how a jog could help increase your lung capacity when every breath you take is being debilitated by the bad commuter air. It’s the same in most cities, and if you’re serious about your health it can sometimes feel like your slamming your head against brick wall in trying to stay healthy and maintain your city lifestyle. Whether you’re a local or staying at the Montcalm Hotel London City, there are a range of options for jogging and cycling which will not have you coughing and spluttering.
Based in West London, this beautiful Royal Park is a nature reserve spanning hundreds of acres of grassy woodland and fields. Here you’ll also find semi wild deer roaming freely around the park, whilst the beautiful Isabella Plantation brings incredible ranges of wild flora and fauna. Bring all this together and you have an atmospheric, relaxing and beautiful area in which to jog, all clear of the cities pollution.
Olympic Park and Hackney Marshes
The former Olympic Park was used during the 2012 Olympics and is located near Hackney Wick in East London. This area is also home to reservoirs in the Walthamstow Wetlands, cycle paths taking you through into the city as well as beautiful ranges of grassland and canal paths for your jogs. The land is so off the beaten track that you’ll even find horse riding stables and even cattle grazing in the meadows!
Take a 45-minute train journey out of central on the central line and you’ll find yourself in Newbury, the stop for Epping Forest. This huge forest spans from the outskirts of London into the Essex Countryside and is full of secret ponds, spanning 1728 hectares of woodland. Here, you can find wild deer reserves as well as a variety of bird and animal life who have made their home so close to the city. This reserve is a perfect place to jog, giving you the chance to improve your cross-country skills.
Regents Canal has walk ways twisting through the city and through Camden and Paddington, bringing you from North to West and past quiet corners of the city usually hidden from view. These canal networks make for easy cycle travel as well as proving great for a daily jog.
The “People’s Park” was opened in the late 19th century and has become one of the most popular parks in the city. Just a short bus journey or cycle from some of the best London 5-star hotels, Victoria Park incorporates canals, skate parks and vast meadows into lush parkland just a stone throw away from the centre of Hackney and East London.