Wild Running is a compendium of 200 trail routes from all over the UK. Written by self confessed adventurers Jen and Sim Benson, they have compiled a complete bible for the avid runner.
Wild Running – 200 Trail Runs
This book has everything you need to know, from beginners running to full route breakdowns. There is nothing missed here.
Detail Upon Detail
I am very impressed at the level of detail that has gone into the routes. All the information for every single route is available.
- Historical information and references
- Written directions and route highlights.
- Car park information
- Mileage and height covered
- Links to the website for full .gpx file uploads, for smartwatch or GPS devices. Plus route card downloads and elevation profiles.
- 1:25,000 map sections marked out at the back of the book to allow references to local surroundings.
No stone has been left un-turned.
Jen and Sim have also pulled routes and put them into sections, which I think is very clever. They label the ‘Best Routes for Beginners’, ‘Best for Weekends’, ‘Best for Beaches’ and so on. An ingenious way to section routes and help identify the best trail for you.
Not Just For Runners
These routes aren’t just for runners though. I will happily source one for our walking adventures, and there are also accessible adventures for buggies, wheelchairs and bikes.
The shortest run comes in at 3 miles at Arthurs Seat, and the longest (daily) run is 40 miles; the Roman and Reivers route in southern Scotland. There are a few longer distance runs which cover between 40 and 156 miles! I presume these would be undertaken over a few days, but I’m not too sure given the amazing capabilities of these runners!
This book is a great source of routes, for people of all ages, abilities and background. Whether you are a family looking for long distance walks or a single person after a challenge.
Where To Buy?
Wild Running is available from wildrunnning.net or Amazon. The book is published by Wild Things publishing, which also carries Jen and Sims other books. The Adventurers Guide to Britain, Amazing Family Adventures, and the first edition of Wild Running. Make sure you check them out on social media too!
Disclaimer – I was sent a book for review, but all words and opinions are my own. The book is fantastic, and I will happily use it to plot our walks and hikes.
Wild Running – 200 Trail Runs.