Experience the natural beauty of England's countryside by taking a run with me through North Somerset's Chew Valley.
Located approximately 12 miles from both Bristol and Bath, the Chew Valley is on the northern boundary of the Mendip's "Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty". Expect to see (and run through) rolling hills and lakes, punctuated by surprise encounters with cows, sheep, goats, badgers, foxes, hawks, rabbits, hare, deer, pheasants, bats, and the occasional owl.
Our route will be entirely off-road, through forest tracks, footpaths and fields. My standard route is roughly 10km, but I can vary this length to suit the group from around 5km (~3 miles) to around 15km (9 miles). All routes will involve some hills to enable us to access good viewpoints of the valley, and test our legs.
You should have a reasonable level of fitness to attempt trail running. This means that you should be able to run 5km comfortably, and have run 10km or more previously. You should also be comfortable with being in the great outdoors: it is entirely likely that you'll be running through shallow streams, deep mud, and brushing past nettles. In some cases routes also go through livestock fields, although I exercise caution with regard to passing cattle, and will give you some tips on this.
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