Having been taking part in Parkrun on and off since 2015 Hannah is somewhat of a local expert, so on this national day of running we thought we would give you a run down of the local routes, along with the essential post parkrun coffee recommendations. 

Exeter Riverside – no route at the moment, it is a favourite among locals, students and tourists. I’m sure it’ll be back up and running in no time and you’ll be able to enjoy picturesque views along the riverside, with plenty of cafes awaiting you on Exeter’s historic quayside. Our favourites are Sundays and The Ridge 

Killerton – Just a few miles east of Exeter lies the breath-taking National Trust estate of Killerton. This route offers an escape into nature, meandering through trails amidst the NT grounds. Keep an eye out for grazing wildlife as the route may vary depending on their movements. After your run you can bask in the morning sun at the NT café, and don’t forget some cash for the freshly baked bread from the local stall for the perfect post run treat. 

Cranbrook – the newest town to the East of Exeter has a charming country park with a 5k route mostly on gravel footpaths. While there is only one coffee shop in the town, it offers a delectable selection of baked goods for after. 

Haldon Forest – for a more challenging adventure, head west of Exeter to Haldon Forest. This route features a two-lap course with steep hills, promising breath-taking views over the Exe Estuary. There are a couple of options for coffee after, the Foresty England café on site, the local Teign Bean coffee van is a short drive away, or Bright Side diner on the A30 offers a kitsch environment with filling fresh breakfasts. 

Exmouth – enjoy a beautiful, flat seafront route in Exmouth but beware of the wind! With numerous options for coffee and brunch, including favourites like Bumble and Bee, you’ll have plenty of choices to refuel after your run.  

Teignmouth – another seaside gem, the route offers a scenic four-lap course. While is can get congested at times, the stunning setting makes it well worth the effort. 

Aren’t we lucky to have so many options on our doorstep? It’s clear that living in Exeter offers unparalleled access to nature’s beauty. Whether you prefer riverside paths, forest trails or seaside jaunts, there’s not shortage of options to explore.