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What is a parkrun tourist? It’s anyone who enjoys a parkrunwhich isn’t their immediate local run – simple as that!
If you’re a globetrotting jogger, then the global success of parkrun means there’s a whole host of incredibly exciting routes waiting for you. But it makes no sense to travel all that way and not see some of the country whilst you’re there.
Every one of these parkrunscan be combined with an Exodus adventure, making the most of your airfare with a week or two-weeks’ in-depth exploration of the country you’re visiting. Our dedicated sales experts can easily arrange flights and extra nights’ accommodation so you can arrive a day early.
A – Ally Pally, London, UK
It all began in London, which is why we’ve set A as Ally Pally or Alexandra Palace in North London. There are more than 600 parkrun events in the UK, which means it’s easy to find a local one. And if not, Ally Pally parkrun is just slightly over an hour away from Heathrow airport on the Piccadilly line – the starting point for many of our adventures.
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B – Big Bay parkrun, Cape Town, South Africa
On to the global scale now. Big Bay parkrun has it all – history, culture, stunning natural scenery and wildlife! You’ll run on the gorgeous sandy beach for this one, with views of both Robben Island and Table Mountain. In season you might even spot seals or whales from the shore.
Combine with: Cape Town & The Garden Route
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C – Crissy Field parkrun, San Francisco, USA
One of the oldest parkruns in the USA, Crissy Field parkrun has iconic status for other reasons too. Imagine your weekly parkrun but this time the backdrop is the world-famous Golden Gate Bridge, swooping over San Francisco Bay. If you’re looking for the perfect scenery, this is it.
Combine with: Western Explorer
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D – (Lac de) Divonne parkrun, France
This lovely lakeside course was too pretty to miss – though we’ve taken some liberties with the lettering. Your route is an out-and-back horseshoe around one of the prettiest lakes, in easy reach of Geneva from where our Tour du Mont Blanc treks start.
You’ll actually cross the border into France for this one, but the lake is beautiful enough to spend the day there and there’s a local swimming pool too. The easy, flat route along the promenade is a gentle introduction compared to the alpine trek to come!
Combine with: Tour du Mont Blanc Camping Trek
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Image credit: By Henk Monster, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=56726711
E – Etna parkrun, Sicily, Italy
How do you fancy your weekly parkrun on the ash-black slopes of an active volcano, followed by a local wine tasting?
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F – Firenze parkrun, Florence, Italy
This three-lap clockwise course around Florence’s biggest park runs like clockwork too – with easy tram links, Le Cascine park is a piece of cake to get to.
And pieces of cake are widely available afterwards, with rollerbladers, city strollers, swimmers and even horse riders also frequenting the park’s many little kiosks selling coffee and sweet treats.
Combine with: Walking in Tuscany
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G – Green Point parkrun, Cape Town, South Africa
Another Cape Town route – this city is spoilt for choice when it comes to beautiful runs to choose from. This one passes the famous Greenpoint Lighthouse and the stadium made famous in the men’s FIFA World Cup 2010.
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H – Haga parkrun, Stockholm, Sweden
Hagaparken is a leafy, green park in Stockholm, but what makes this 5km a little unusual is the distinctive multicoloured tents along the route. It’s so picturesque that even the Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden has been known to enjoy a royal run here!
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I – Inverness parkrun, Scotland
Stunning Inverness is the start or end of the famous Caledonian Canal. Augment your adventure along this engineering marvel that links four famously beautiful lochs with stretches of canal for a coast-to-coast walk with a difference.
Combine with: Loch Ness & the Caledonian Canal Self-Guided Walk
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J – Jamaica Pond parkrun, Boston, USA
If running alongside the water is your thing, then Jamaica Pond in beautiful Boston is a sure-fire hit. J is another rare letter, but this route is a rare treat too: looping around the lovely pond several times.
Boston is a lovely sight, and this fascinating city is the start and endpoint for our sister company Grand American Adventure’s superb Appalachian Trail & New England Walk.
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K – Krakow parkrun, Poland
What makes Krakowbrilliant is that it is a single lapper – that’s right, just one long route with no repetition. Unlike many courses it doesn’t go back on itself or involve a loop, meaning every step of the way through this leafy urban park is unique. You’re also a stone’s throw from the historic castle.
Combine with: The High Tatras
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L – Løvstien parkrun, Bergen, Norway
Beautiful Bergen, with its wooden wharf area and picturesque pastel homes, has a fittingly pretty parkrun. You’ll follow the Løvstien Nature Trail at the foot of Løvstien mountain, just minutes from the city centre, on a broad path through Norway’s mossy forested natural splendour. Be warned though, this is a hilly course!
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M – Melkbosstrand parkrun, Cape Town, South Africa
This stunning out-and-back beach parkrun is entirely on the soft sands of Melkboss beach, on the outskirts of beautiful Cape Town. With sea breezes keeping you cool and the crash of the waves as your soundtrack, this is probably one of the most aesthetically pleasing parkruns around and understandably popular, welcoming over 500 participants.
Combine with: Cape Town & the Garden Route
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N – Natashinky parkrun, Moscow, Russia
This route around the mirror-like edges of Natashinksy Ponds of Lyubertsy on the outskirts of Moscowis a pleasant two-lapper through a suburban park, away from the crowds of Red Square – a chance to see modern life for Russians, a contrast to the grandiose history of the Tsars.
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P – Pegasus parkrun, Christchurch, New Zealand
Pegasus parkrun doesn’t just have a unique name, it’s also a unique parkrun. Your route follows the shores of Lake Pegasus, crossing over a scenic suspension bridge passing a waterfall and a mix of little beaches around the lake.
It’s just north of Christchurch on the South Island, where our Trails of New Zealand adventure ends – it’s a lovely place to extend your stay in New Zealand, which you’ll need to do by a few days in order to join on a Saturday morning.
Combine with: Trails of New Zealand
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Q – Queenstown parkrun, New Zealand
Staying in the land of the long white cloud, our next parkrun is Queenstown. This beautiful route from the pocket-sized town takes you out along the paved shoreline of Lake Wakatipu, the lake that Maori legend says is the well of a giant’s heart.
With a free day in Queenstown included on our Trekking in New Zealand adventure, you’ll have time to do a freedom parkrun – a self-timed run at any time that suits you, to fit in with any other Queenstown adrenaline activities you have on your bucket list. Perfect time to go is as the sun goes down over the mountains.
Combine with: Trekking in New Zealand
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R – Richmond Olympic parkrun, Vancouver, Canada
Follow the Fraser River, with the splendid mountains as your backdrop on this Canadian parkrun. It’s an out-and-back route along the riverside walkway. With a flat route and good paved surfaces along the way, you could be in store for a PB.
Combine with: Canadian Wildlife and Vancouver Island
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S – Sosnovka parkrun, St Petersburg, Russia
Another route from Russiabut this time St Petersburg. This city has three parkruns to choose from, but we’ve selected Sosnovka for the lovely long stretch through the Beech Alley, an avenue of tall trees on each side, and the monument to the Great Patriotic War that you can see at the end of the route. The memorial is to honour the airmen who lost their lives, with its graceful wing shape.
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T – Treviso parkrun, Prosecco Hills, Italy
Sandwiched between Venice and the Prosecco Hills is Treviso parkrun, a pretty pathway through the woods. We’ve designed the perfect long weekend to enjoy this Italian parkrun and the nearby Prosecco Hills, with wine tasting included.
Read more: spotlight on Treviso parkrun.
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U – Uditore parkrun, Palermo, Sicily
This tight little course is an unusual four-lapper, which follows the perimeter of the park. It’s the perfect guilt-free run because it sets you up perfectly to indulge in Palermo’s excellent food scene – head down towards the waterfront to enjoy arancini, sfincione, pane e panelle sandwiches, or for those with a sweet tooth the gelato is simply sublime.
Combine with: Sicily Food Tour
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V – Vääksyn parkrun, Finland
Two hours north of Helsinki, you’ll find Vääksyn parkrun – a picturesque route along the sweeping bends of the canal. Being beside the waters not only means lovely views but also a flat course – making for a fast finish time, or if you’re brave enough, a safe course for a winter run.
Our most popular winter trip Finnish Wilderness Week flies via Helsinki, and our team would be able to help you arrange to fit in this lovely parkrun.
Combine with: Finnish Wilderness Week
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W – Warszawa-Praga parkrun, Warsaw, Poland
Skaryszewski Park in Warsaw is an absolute delight. It is 55 hectares of perfectly manicured landscaped gardens, fountains and flowerbeds. This two and a half lap route ends with a 400m straight perfect for squeezing every last drop of effort out for a final dash across the finish line.
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Currently there are no parkruns beginning with an X, but with new courses opening every year there’s every chance one will be born. Watch this space!
Y – Yzerfontein parkrun, South Africa
For a challenge with a beautiful twist, Yzerfontein has it in the bag. This tiny parkrun is rural, and the community focus is paramount – you’ll run on the land of a local farmer through a working farm, a tough 2km uphill start past soaring wind turbines to stunning views over to Table Mountain, Dassen Island, Meeurots and Langebaan Lagoon.
Combine with: Johannesburg to Cape Town
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Z – Zelenograd parkrun, Moscow, Russia
On the outskirts of mighty Moscow, an hour’s journey away on the Leningradsky rail, Zelenograd parkrun is one for the determined. Almost nothing stops this parkrun from going ahead, with their Instagram filled with heart-warming images of dedicated parkrunners completing their 5km in the snow!
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