With more green space per person than any other UK city, Cardiff has some fantastic parks. Situated right next to Cardiff Castle, runners will take a big lap around Bute Park; full of history and intrigue and although it is found in the centre of Cardiff, Bute park’s grounds offer a bit of seclusion from modern life. More like a fairy tale forest than a garden, runners are treated to a rich mix of flowers, trees, ancient monuments and a sculpture trail.
Hovering over the city, runners take in the sights of Cardiff Castle. One of Wales’ leading heritage attractions, the Castle’s walls and fairytale towers conceal 2,000 years of history. Built by the Normans in the 11th century on top of a 3rd century Roman Fort. Just a stones throw from the Castle, at the heart of the city, runners will also get a true sense of rugby heaven as you pass the Rugby Stadium, one of the most well-known icons of modern Wales. Running north from the stadium, you will be treated to a 100m stretch of street art depicting flags and scenes from around the world, where runners are often keen to spot their flag and pose for a photo.
Winding down the narrow streets of the City Centre, we lap the impressive Cardiff Metropolitan Cathedral; one of only 3 Roman Catholic Cathedrals in the UK associated with a choir school. For the forrunate ones, we may even pass the Cathedral when one of the beautiful choirs is performing. A perfect pit stop before heading towards the Cardiff Bay.
Taking in the sights of chic Cardiff Bay which will include a visit to the dramatic Wales Millenium Centre and Welsh National Opera; opened by the Queen in 2004, it remains one of the liveliest and unique centres for performing arts in Europe.Thereafter we lap the open air Captain Scott exhibition, commemorating the spot where Captain Scott and his team of intrepid explorers commenced their voyage to the South Pole on the SS Tera Nova in 1910. Other notable sights that you will view around Cardiff Bay include: the Welsh Parliament, the Doctor Who Experience, the Norwegian Church and the Cardiff International Sports Village.
On a clear day and for those joining us on early morning runs, runners will be treated to a stunning sunrise over Cardiff Bay as the city slowly wakes up