A change of scenery for your triathlon training in Southern England

Bored of training?  Then try a change of scenery for your swim, bike and run.  Get the boost of training in a delightful new location with this list of places that offer you a change of scenery for your triathlon training in Southern England.  SportPursuit readers from further afield, we’ll have you covered soon!

Bike

Wandle Trail, London

Wandle Trail, London – Leon Brocard (Flickr Creative Commons)

Take in 10 South London Parks on this mostly traffic-free 12 mile ride.

Cuckoo Trail, East Sussex

Cuckoo Trail – Aalia Wayfare (Flickr Creative Commons)

11 mile bike ride from Polegate to Heathfield.  Plenty of places to stop on your journey and plenty of woodlands and fields to enjoy.

Flitch Way, Essex

Flitch Way – Tom Anderson (Flickr Creative Commons)

A flat 8 mile woodland route from Braintree to Little Dunmow.  Also an ideal route for a family bike ride.

Colliers Way, Somerset

Somerset countryside – Crabchick (Flickr Creative Commons)

Take in the Somerset countryside on this 20 miler passing former railway lines and climbing numerous hills.

Run

Richmond Park, Surrey

Richmond Park – Darren Johnson (Flickr Creative Commons)

Follow the 7.35 mile man-made perimeter of this leafy parkland and spot some wild deer while you’re at it.  The trail has plenty of twists, a number of climbs and a mixture of surfaces.

Sand Point Run, Somerset

Sand Point – Nick (Flickr Creative Commons)

Covering wood, beach and headland, this 8.5 mile trail spans a stunning stretch of coastline.  Bonus – you will also get a nice view of Wales along your route.

River Thames Run, London

Tower Bridge – Oisin Mulvihill (Flickr Creative Commons)

5 mile run/obstacle course from Embankment to Tower Bridge and back.  Take in some city sights, dodge some tourists, vent your frustrations on social media.

The Ridgeway, Southern England

The Ridgeway – Dave_S (Flickr Creative Commons)

Run along the UK’s oldest footpath.  The National Trail is 87 miles long but pick your own path/punishment.  The trail extends from Overton Hill to Streatley through the Chiltern Hills to Ivinghoe Beacon in Buckinghamshire.

Swim

London Fields Lido, London

London Fields Lido – Peter Smith (Flickr Creative Commons)

A heated Olympic length swimming pool in the hipster capital of London, what is there not to love?  Get some laps in and then find a space on the large sundeck to catch some rays in your Ray-Bans.

Bristol Lido, Somerset

Bristol Lido – Nicksarebi (Flickr Creative Commons)

A heated outdoor pool with spa facilities.  Combine your training in the pool with some time in the sauna, steam room and heat tub.  The facilities will help you overlook the that fact at 24 metres, the pool is 1 metre shy of being official short-course length.

Hampton Pool, London

Bushy Park – Maxwell Hamilton (Flickr Creative Commons)

Self-proclaimed ‘South-west London’s best kept secret’ and situated in 2 acres of woodland adjacent to Royal Bushy Park, the heated Hampton Pool is 36 x 14 metres and also offers a 12 x 7 metres pool to keep the young triathletes in training happy.

Holkham Beach, Norfolk

Holkham Beach – Steveokebabo (Flickr Creative Commons)

With the pine-forest backdrop, solitude and sand dunes, you might be tempted to skip swimming amongst the tides and just enjoy the nature.

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

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