Top tips for a safe run in the forest

Updated 23rd February 2022

Before you take to the forest, it’s important to make sure you have the right equipment to keep you comfortable and running at your best.

Check out these essential items to pack for your forest run:

  • 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, which will help 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.
  • We recommend bringing a fully charged mobile phone. That way, you can let people know where you are and when you’ll be back and also share your updates and photos live from the forest, straight to social media with #ForestFocus
  • It’s essential that you keep hydrated when you’re running. Bring along 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. 

Visually impaired runners 

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 Run Together, is available to help you find a qualified (volunteer) Guide Runner in your area. 


RunTogether have lots of advice on running whether a beginner or advanced runner! Click here to find these to help prepare for your next forest run. RunTogether is a social running programme designed to provide fun, friendly, supportive and inclusive running opportunities for everyone whatever your ability or time availability. They believe running / jogging is more fun and easier to become part of your lifestyle when shared with others. Keep your eye out for new RunTogether groups at our forest centres!

We hope that with these top tips you’ll have an enjoyable and safe run in our forests.