1. Thames Path towards Windsor
Our location by the River Thames means you can gain access directly onto the Thames Path from the hotel. This long-distance towpath runs the entire length of the river, which is 184 miles long! Jogging along a stretch of the path towards historic Windsor couldn’t be a better way of soaking up our time-honoured surroundings.
For a three-mile run, make the Magna Carta tearoom – run by the National Trust – your half-way point. Turn left out of The Runnymede on Thames, stick to the river path and you’ll pass the thrumming Bell Weir Lock, boating communities and the picturesque loop of the river as you pass the Runnymede Pleasure Ground. Catch a glimpse of the Queen Elizabeth II statue and Magna Carta Island near the opposite riverbank, where you’ll also spot the ruins of a 12th century Benedictine nunnery, St Mary’s Priory. Continue until you reach the tearoom for a half-time pick-me-up, before retracing your steps to The Runnymede on Thames.
2. Runnymede Meadows
To run in the heart of history near The Runnymede, follow a four-mile route that passes through the Runnymede meadows and past several landmarks of historical importance. Follow the Thames Path to the National Trust tearoom as above, and then enter the meadows themselves to find a looped path back to The Runnymede on Thames.
Follow the meadow path to the JFK Memorial first, which was unveiled by Queen Elizabeth II and Jackie Kennedy in 1965. You’ll also pass the Magna Carta Memorial, The Jurors artwork and the newest installation – Writ in Water – all commemorating the famous Magna Carta charter sealed by King John in the meadows in 1215. Continue jogging along the meadow path until you reach the architecturally-significant and historically-important Lutyens Kiosks, just opposite The Runnymede on Thames.
3. Thames Path to Staines-upon-Thames
Check out a stretch of the Thames Path in the opposite direction by turning right onto the towpath from The Runnymede on Thames to embark on a two-mile run.
You’ll pass over wooden footbridges with waterways underneath, while catching a glimpse of verdant Wraysbury on the opposite riverbank. Just before Staines Bridge, spot Church Island – one of the river’s inhabited islands that previously had a Roman bridge passing over it. Pass under Staines Bridge for a short distance until you reach The Swan pub, almost exactly a mile from The Runnymede and the perfect place for a half-way pit-stop on your jog. Retrace your footsteps to complete the day’s activity.
Come and get a pocket map and local area guide from us for your jogging adventures when you come to stay with us at The Runnymede on Thames.