Running Route 5 – Attenborough nature reserve and River Trent, Nottingham

Running Route 5 - Attenborough Nature Reserve and River Trent, Nottingham
Running Route 5 - Attenborough Nature Reserve and River Trent, Nottingham

A nice run 99% off of roads and a lovely location. Pretty flat course of about 4 miles, underfoot is mainly prepared footpaths but can still get muddy after heavy rains. Popular spot for dog walkers and cyclist family so be prepared to swerve out of the way or be prepared to say ‘Excuse me a lot’

Park on riverside road in Beeston (actually canalside at this point).  Start from Beeston lock. Head out along the path along the river passing the marina Bar and shop on your right going through the metal traffic calmers. Keep following the path alongside the river trent, the wind can sometimes be a real pain here. Looking to take the 4th trail on the right, which is the first one after you pass the large island in the river. Now on a slightly wider track which passes by some pastured horses. Cross over the old quarry bridge and take care as you’re now approaching a car park and vehicle access. As you approach the roundabout bear right and join the footpath at the bottom of the car park. When the path forks take the right hand path and keep following it through the trees. as the path starts to bear right turn sharp left by the tree trunks and follow the track towards the road. Turn right down the very quiet road by the cricket ground and follow it along until it disappears onto a footpath again. Once you’ve cross the hump back bridge follow the left hand track back into the trees. The Midland Mainline railway should be on your left hand side, at the foot crossing bear right and keep following the track. When you reach the Trent footpath turn left and follow it back to the start.

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