A change of scenery for your triathlon training in Northern England

After giving the south the same treatment, we bring you places that offer you a change of scenery for your triathlon training in Northern England.  Sometimes training somewhere new and mixing up the routine a little is just the thing you need.

BIKE

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Five Pits Trail, Derbyshire

This 5.5 mile ride will take you along the Great Central Railway with its post-industrial charm as well as woodlands, ponds and nature.

Water Rail Way, Lincolnshire

Not feeling  in the mood for hills? Try this extremely flat bike trail that runs from Lincoln to Boston. The entire trail is 21 miles long but has plenty of easy turn-around points.

The Lias Line, Warwickshire

A picturesque ride past the villages between Rugby and Warwick filled with flora, fauna and wildlife. Take a rest during the 23 mile route at Draycote Water.

Settle Circuit, Yorkshire

Beginning at Settle, this challenging 38 mile loop will take you through the up and downs of the Yorkshire Dales. Enjoy the best of the English countryside.

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Liverpool to Crosby, Merseyside

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Liverpool Docks – Beverly Goodwin (Flickr Creative Commons)

An 18 mile route incorporating the twists and turns of the historic industrial docks together with Liverpool’s best landmarks and finishing on Crosby Beach.

Coniston Climbs, Cumbria

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Head to the hills. There’s just shy of 14 miles of gentle climbs and quick descents on this scenic road route circling Coniston Water.

Ladybower Reservoir, Peak District National Park, Derbyshire

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Ladybower Reservoir – Nick (Flickr Creative Commons)

A run around the peaceful Ladybower Reservoir offers great views, wonderful British countryside and plenty of paths, both long and short to choose from.

Hadrian’s  Wall Run, Cumbria

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Hadrian’s Wall – eGuide Travel (Flickr Creative Commons)

A nice mix of quiet roads, forest and grass on this historical trail run. Combine a great 14 mile run with spectacular views of the famous heritage site.

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Droitwich Spa Lido, Yorkshire

One of the UK’s few remaining open-air saltwater pools.  This 40 metre pool dates back to the 1930s.

Delamere Forest, Chesire

This lake reaches temperatures of 20C in summer and was originally a sinkhole when glacial ice melted.   Take a swim in nature’s pool.

Ilkley Pool and Lido, Yorkshire

When the sun is out, take a swim outdoors in the freshwater, unheated pool.  If the weather is a tad brisk, there is also an indoor heated pool to take a dip in.

Shap Swimming Pool, Cumbria

Reportedly the highest swimming pool in the country at 1,000 ft above sea level, there is a 20-metre heated pool as well as small paddling pool for the toddler triathletes in training.

Got your own triathlon training locations that you want to add to the list?  Let us know in the comments below!

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