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8 spas with beautiful running routes

From urban jogging trails to cross country runs, if a cardio boost in the fresh air is your preferred way to relax, take a peek at these spa break destinations.

Park runs in London: Inhabit, Queens Gardens

One of London's first wellness hotels focused on sustainability and holistic wellbeing, Inhabit, Queens Gardens is ultra chic and full of surprises. From the food to the spa treatments, it's a hidden gem, and in addition to the wellbeing experiences on site, they encourage you to get out and explore on a nature walk or a run amongst some of London’s most prestigious green spaces. The likes of Hyde Park are on the doorstep, and it would be a shame not to take advantage. They’ve even created a map of the best local running routes to test out.

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Guided city runs: Paddington Boutique Spa

The Chilworth is a stylish hotel just a short walk from Paddington station, offering a chic urban retreat where wellness is infused into a luxury mini break destination. Rest in luxury surroundings and find yourself in the perfect location for exploring the city.

Instead of a gym, the hotel makes use of the surrounding parkland for fitness, offering guided runs and running maps. Follow the urban waterways or run in amongst the woodlands and open parks in the area, it's a chance to get out into the fresh air. When you return, rooms are equipped with nutritious nibbles, organic coffee infused with vitamins and Pukka teas to help you recover.

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Trail running in North Wales: Hilton Garden Inn Snowdonia

In the magical surroundings of Snowdonia, Hilton Garden Inn Snowdonia is not only a state-of-the-art wellbeing experience and all round gorgeous hotel, but it's also an exceptional place for outdoor adventure. The resort itself is a feast of activity from zip-lines, climbing walls, indoor caving and mountain bike hire, to the Wave Garden Spa which has views over the surf lagoon.

For runners with an appetite for adrenaline, the appeal of the great outdoors is strong here. The exceptionally beautiful location invites you to explore mountains and lakes on trail runs ranging from the ancient Roman Road crossing the Carneddau Mountains to routes along the River Conwy to Cadair Ifan Goch (The Giant’s Chair).

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National Park runs in Bedfordshire: Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf & Spa

Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf & Spa is a five-star hotel and spa set within a 1,065-acre estate. Beautiful gardens and picturesque landscapes lend themselves to both relaxation and enjoyment from the moment you wake up in the morning, while the surrounding National Park area invites you to explore further.

The spa and hotel are located perfectly for those looking for scenic running routes. The River Lea snakes through the grounds, creating two lakes covering 50 acres. For those with an appetite for a longer, you can also head to the nearby Dunstable Downs or the Warden and Galley Hills Nature Reserve before relaxing in the spa.

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Leisurely Lake District run: North Lakes Hotel and Spa

On the edge of the Lake District, North Lakes Hotel is the perfect base to get out and explore the famously beautiful surroundings. The award-winning hotel is a beautiful combination of warm welcome and state-of-the-art experiences, from a popular restaurant to a luxurious spa sanctuary.

The surroundings lend themselves to relaxation, but they also provide ample territory for inspiring hiking and running routes along Lake Windermere and beyond. The Lake District is an exceptionally popular place for trail running, with recommended 3km, 5km and 10km routes starting and finishing at North Lakes Hotel & Spa itself.

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Jogging routes in Staffordshire: Hoar Cross Hall

Hoar Cross Hall is a magnificent hotel and spa where everything is done to exceptional standards. Set in 50 acres of immaculate grounds, the hotel is five-star all the way, perfect for romantic getaways and brimming with beautiful details. The spa is a drawcard in itself, with a 26-metre saltwater vitality pool amongst its many features - we're particular fans of the Snooze Room.

That's before you get to outdoor activities which feature an abundance of options including jogging, cycling, croquet, boules, archery, golf and tennis. Whether you stay within the grounds or head out into the countryside, runners will find a paradise to explore. A favourite is heading into the woodland to jog amongst the avenues of beech, oak and lime trees.

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Coastal run in Hampshire: Chewton Glen

A five-star country house hotel surrounded by 130 acres of Hampshire countryside on the edge of the New Forest National Park, Chewton Glen is a five-star hotel with all the trimmings. The spa is a world of its own, with a sophisticated pool hall with a feast of thermal facilities including a 10-seater sauna and an amethyst crystal steam room. There are also 12 treatment rooms, and exquisite therapies from REN, Oskia and Natura Bisse.

Then there's the grounds, which offer activities ranging from Tai Chi, Pilates, Physio-Flex, tennis, golf, croquet, jogging trails and beach walks. The hotel is just a short distance from the coast for those in the mood for a seaside stroll. Meanwhile, the surrounding New Forest National Park is a car-free haven, perfect for a gentle 5k run or a half marathon under the tall trees.

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North Yorkshire footpaths: Swinton Estate

The Swinton Estate is a vast playground for hospitality and wellbeing. The ancestral seat of the Earl of Swinton, dating back to the 1880s is a luxury castle hotel in the Yorkshire Dales, surrounded by 20,000 acres stretching from the River Ure in Wensleydale up onto the moors. The spa is a world class with a beautiful 18-metre lap pool surrounded by glass so you can take in the views, as well as a 10 metre outdoor natural pool amongst other things.

Amidst woodland and lakes populated by fallow deer, the iconic landscape at Swinton Estate features moorland horizons and lush river valleys, all of which are a source of great pride and inspiration - perfect for getting out and enjoying the fresh air. It's perhaps little surprise therefore, that activities include, but are not limited to, mindfulness walks, running and hiking, with over 63 miles of public footpaths along with numerous permissive trails.

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