Plan your run in the forest

Frequently asked questions

Updated 13th September 2022

What should I bring?

  • Good fitting trainers that are suitable to the terrain and conditions you are running in are crucial. For forest running, a trail trainer will offer the most grip to stop you slipping on mud. On hard-packed and road based runs, a pair of road trainers provides the correct protection needed. Please check the trail description for more information on the trail surface.
  • Running socks will provide added comfort. They’re designed to absorb sweat from the skin to reduce the chance of blistering.
  • A fully charged mobile phone. Let people know where you are and when you’ll be back and also share your experience to inspire others on social media with #ForestFocus
  • A water bottle to keep you hydrated and stop off at one of our forest cafés before you head home for a well-deserved treat. 

Can I run with my buggy?

We would love to see you running with all your children, including those in a buggy. We advise you to check the route description to make sure that it is suitable for your make and model.

Can I run with my dog?

Yes, you can run with a dog. Please ensure that it is under close control and running alongside you. If you are running regularly then you may wish to try a cani-cross harness. 

I'm visually impaired, are the routes suitable?

Our traffic free routes are perfect if you are a visually impaired runner.  Whether you are experienced or want to have a go the Find a Guide service operated by RunTogether can help you find a qualified (volunteer) guide runner in your area. 

Are the running routes wheelchair friendly?

Check the terrain of your chosen route by searching for a running route or explore our easy access trails which are all suitable for wheelchairs.

Where can I find more advice on running?

RunTogether is a social running programme that offer lots of advice for beginner and advanced running with a focus on providing fun, friendly, supportive and inclusive running opportunities for everyone whatever your ability or time availability. 

Check out their tips and advice to help prepare for your next forest run and keep your eye out for RunTogether in the nation's forests.

How can I get started?

Why not sign up for a Forest Runner event or join a Parkrun in a forest near you.  Discover forest running.