Let’s face it, working out in the gym can get boring whatever routine you do, so to combat this I always try to get my clients outdoors when possible. One of the best places that work for my personal training clients is the local parks in Cardiff. With so many different parks in the different areas of Cardiff, I thought it would be a good idea to take a look at some of the best parks to go running in Cardiff.
So in this article, I will tell you my favourite parks in Cardiff to workout in and maybe next time you’re looking for somewhere to exercise your first thought won’t be the gym.
Bute Park Cardiff
Right in the heart of Cardiff, Bute Park is one of my favourite parks to visit. Not only is it big enough to get lost in but it’s also beautiful to look at, the wide open spaces, a stunning selection of trees and three cafes situated around it just in case you forget your water bottle.
Bute Park also opens early enough for those looking to go on a morning run before starting work. Bute Park opens a 7:30 am on weekdays and closes at 5:45 pm.
If you’re into your running (join our Cardiff running club) Bute park is an excellent choice if you’re looking to see some new scenery.
The run length in Bute Park is around 7km but most of this is flat and is challenging enough for a new runner. It can get muddy at times so be careful when it is wet.
You can find out more about Bute Park by visiting their official website below:
Roath Park is another one of my favourite parks in Cardiff, it’s massive in size and has a rather large 30-acre lake which is used for boating and fishing, but I love to run around it.
In my opinion, if you are trying to compete in a 5k Roath park is the perfect place to train. It’s fairly flat, is well paved and has some small gradients throughout, this helps challenge you when first starting out.
If you go running with a friend then you will be pleased to know that Roath park has enough room for you to run side by side. Overall it’s a great place to start learning how to run, it’s not too difficult but yet still challenging.
Roath Park opens at 7:30 am and closes 30 minutes before sunset, it’s accessible via the Cardiff Bus Service and Traveline Cymru.
The Llandaff fields park in Cardiff is much smaller than the two parks mentioned above and the running area is less than 3km. With that said it’s a great place to go running if you are starting out or if you are doing some interval training.
If you are short on time and want to knock a quick run out I recommend Llandaff fields. It’s also a great running location in Cardiff suitable for beginners as it’s well paved all around, the gradient is flat and even when it rains there’s no problem because the paving is all the way around.
Llandaff fields are open 24 hours a day, so if you’re local you can pop there at any time. The car park is open from 7:30 am.
You can find out more about Llandaf fields on the Cardiff Gov website:
Victoria Park Cardiff
Victoria Park in Cardiff can sometimes be used to run around, however, as it has a splash pad it can sometimes get too busy with younger kids. In the winter and colder months, Victoria park can be a beautiful place to run around.
Most of the ground is flat, just be careful of the leaves on the ground as they can become slippery.
3 laps around the park come in at just over 5km so it’s a great place once again for novice runners. Start off with one lap and then increase the distance as you become a better runner.