Forest Runner race guide 2022 - Women's Running

Forest Runner race guide 2022

Author: Women's Running Magazine

Read Time:   |  May 23, 2022

Whether you're a trail running pro or are looking to try your first trail race, Forest Runner's events are a lovely way to explore the nation's woodland. Here's our Forest Runner race guide 2022...

Whether you’re trying to escape the hustle and bustle of city streets and sweaty gyms or are looking for somewhere more rugged to challenge yourself, Forestry England’s waymarked running trails are the perfect place to find your rhythm.

From 1k to 10k route lengths, their running trails have been designed with both beginners and seasoned runners in mind. They provide an opportunity to run on safe, off-road, traffic-free trails in beautiful forest locations.

The nation’s forests are the perfect place to run, and this autumn Forestry England are excited to bring you Forest Runner. It’s a series of 5K and 10K events, held at twelve beautiful forests across England.

Whether you are new to running or a seasoned pro, choose your challenge and enjoy a run in some beautiful surroundings. Forest Runner events are managed in partnership with Events of the North and trophies are awarded for the top places. Plus, everybody that crosses the finish line will receive a fantastic goody bag!

The outdoor clothing and footwear brand, Merrell, are the official Forest Runner event sponsor and will be there at each event providing prizes for the winners and offering advice to runners and family on picking the best trail running gear.

The profits from Forest Runner sales help to grow, shape and care for your local forest, now and for future generations.

Tickets are on sale now – don’t miss out! Not sure which race to choose? Keep reading for our Forest Runner race guide 2022.


When: 11th September 2022

Where: Westonbirt, The National Arboretum, Tetbury, GL8 8QS

Run amongst one of the world’s finest botanical collections at Westonbirt Arboretum, with running routes offering views of stunning landscapes.

Cannock Chase Forest

When: 18th September 2022

Where: Cannock Chase Forest, Birches Valley, Rugeley, WS15 2UQ

The running trails offer runners the opportunity to explore the wider forest and enjoy the natural peace and tranquillity of Cannock Chase Forest. The routes switch between flat, well surfaced trails and rougher, looser forest tracks.

Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest

When: 25th September 2022

Where: Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest, Lady Oak Lane, Goudhurst, TN17 2SJ

Improve your fitness while exploring the stunning National Pinetum and forest. Our routes lead you under the canopy of the forest trees, amidst seasonal wildflowers.

Salcey Forest

When: 9th October 2022

Where: Salcey Forest, Wootton Road, Northamptonshire, NN7 2HX

Take on either the 5k or 10k trails at Salcey and be inspired by the stunning natural surroundings. Enjoy running through beautiful tree lined avenues and past the Elephant Pond.

Sherwood Pines

When: 16th October 2022

Where: Sherwood Pines, Kings Clipstone, Nottingham, NG21 9JL

The running route takes you through a mixture of Pine and broadleaf trees across Sherwood Pines. The trails are on mixed terrain, mostly following forest trails, and are soft underfoot.


When: 23rd October 2022

Where: Hamsterley Forest, Bedburn, Hamsterley, DL13 3NL

Explore the stunning forest at Hamsterley with our waymarked running trails. You can pass some of our art pieces and beautiful views out over the valley.

High Lodge

When: 30th October 2022

Where: High Lodge, Thetford Forest, Brandon, IP27 0AF

High Lodge is a very flat forest with even paths allowing you to build up your speed. You can experience beautiful forest surroundings without the fear of a hill at the last stretch!

Haldon Forest Park

When: 6th November 2022

Where: Haldon Forest Park, Bullers Hill, Kennford, Exeter, EX6 7XR

Both the 5k and 10k routes offer breath-taking scenes through the forest, enjoy these off-road routes and be inspired by stunning natural surroundings.

Forest of Dean

When: 20th November 2022

Where: Symonds Yat Rock, near Coleford, Gloucestershire, Gloucester, GL16 7NZ

This year’s Forest of Dean event is moving to the iconic Symonds Yat Rock, starting nearly 500ft above sea level on the edge of the Iron Age hill fort.


When: 5th March 2023

Where: Delamere Forest, Linmere, Delamere, Northwich, CW8 2HZ

Explore the stunning scenery along the undulating running routes at Delamere. Run along the stone paths and take in the natural vistas.


When: 12th March 2023

Where: Dalby Forest, Dalby Visitor Centre, Low Dalby, Thornton-Le-Dale, Pickering

Both the 5k and 10k routes offer stunning views through the forest, what better place to enjoy a run?

Alice Holt

When: 19th March 2023

Where: Alice Holt Forest, Bucks Horn Oak, Farnham, GU10 4LS

Both routes take the runners into the wider forest through a mix of broadleaf trees, coniferous woods and some open wildlife areas.

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