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Tripadvisor reviewers rank Cardiff the top running destination in the UK

07 Jan 2023 2 minute read
Bute Park is the third most popular place for a run in the UK, according to Tripadvisor reviewers. Photo by joncandy is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

Cardiff has been named the top destination to run in the UK by Tripadvisor reviewers.

An analysis by SportsShoes.com of over 100,000 reviews for 700 different running, cycling and swimming spots around the world, saw Cardiff as the only destination to feature twice in the UK running top 10.

Bute Park and Cardiff Bay ranked as the 3rd and 6th best places to run, within the whole of the UK.

London’s Hyde Park, and Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh finished first and second on the list, with Heaton Park, Manchester and Cassiobury Park, Watford ranking in fourth and fifth place, above Cardiff Bay.

The top 10 running spots in the UK were:

Hyde Park, London

Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh

Bute Park, Cardiff

Heaton Park, Manchester

Cassiobury Park, Watford

Cardiff Bay, Cardiff

Holyrood Park, Edinburgh

Windsor Great Park, Windsor

Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol

Cannock Chase, Staffordshire

Early morning in Cardiff Bay. Photo Mark Mansfield

The study, which also analysed swimming and cycling locations, analysed Tripadvisor reviews for over 760 routes across different countries to find out which destinations persuaded visitors to take to Tripadvisor to leave glowing reviews.

The results were then ranked in order to place the best places to run, swim and cycle in each country, and which countries took the crown for each activity.

The USA was ranked as the top nation for running, with the UK in second place and Spain third.

The Tripadvisor data was extracted using the ‘Things to Do’ section of the Tripadvisor website, the attractions in each location that had the highest number of mentions of ‘run/running’, ‘swim/swimming’ and ‘cycle/cycling/bike’ (in French and English language) in their reviews were ranked as being the best spot or each activity in that country.

The number of mentions were then totalled to provide a country-level ranking for each activity.

Results where the terms were used negatively or for another context (“this area was run-down”), or if the location was not an area of beauty (i.e., a swimming pool) were omitted from the final results.


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Kevin Lovibond
Kevin Lovibond
25 days ago

Only destination that appears twice in the top 10? I can see Edinburgh is listed twice as well

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
25 days ago

I wonder what advice Tripadvisor will have given MD and VG and their bag-carriers about forced 5-star accommodation at the world economic forum in Davos. Surely selling Wales to the highest bidder will be irresistible…

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
25 days ago
Reply to  Mab Meirion

Don’t forget to pack the skis, plenty of snow for getting Off Piste…

Riki
Riki
25 days ago
Reply to  Mab Meirion

Aren’t these people (Globalists) in control of America? So if we are a part of The UK and The closest ally to the US! I would argue we were already sold off to them, it happened a long time ago. Thanks to you know who! The Welsh masses are the most Politically backwards people on Earth!

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
25 days ago

All those locations are also notorious for murder, rape and suicide…

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