3-2-1 Running Routes in South Somerset

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3-2-1 is Run England's project which aims to provide a range of marked out running or jogging routes across the country that anyone can have a go at. It's a way of providing a meaningful challenge to help you to get running when it best suits you.

Running Routes in South Somerset

Route Name: Yeovil Country Park - Ninesprings 3-2-1 (click on map to enlarge)

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Trail: Walk/Jog/Run
Grade: 3 trainers
Distance: 3km (1.86 miles)

Time: Please note timings are a rough guide
Walking: 1hr 10m
Jogging: 45m
Running: 35m

Terrain: Loose gravel tracks and tarmacked pavements. There are steps on the route.

How to get there: Ninesprings is located on the southern edge of Yeovil and has brown tourism signs directing you.  Follow Country Park symbols or Ninesprings.

Amenities: Free parking, maps, signs.

Contact us:
Telephone: 01935 462462
Email: active@southsomerset.gov.uk

Accessibility: Due to steps on the route, it would be unsuitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs.

Route overview:
Ninesprings is a picturesque, traffic free and easily accessible part of Yeovil Country Park situated close to Yeovil town centre. The network of paths and tracks with some steady hill climbs provides improving runners with the perfect place to improve their fitness. The Country Park is popular with walkers, runners and cyclists and is a great place to get active.

Ninesprings 321 is a 3km circular route, based on loose gravel tracks and some tarmacked pavements. The route includes some steps and would be unsuitable for wheelchair users or those with push chairs. The route is undulating with a few steady climbs to raise your heart rate, there are several benches along the route should you need a resting point! The route is well signed using Run England 321 way markers on oak posts and gates, with country park rangers on hand should you require any assistance.

The uneven surfaces, steps and hill climbs on some parts of the routes means that this route is not suitable for wheelchair users or those with pushchairs


Route Name: Lyde Road 3-2-1 (click on map to enlarge)

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Trail: Walk/Jog/Run
Grade: 2 trainers
Distance: 3km (1.86 miles)

Time: Please note timings are a rough guide
Walking: 1hr
Jogging: 45m
Running: 35m

Terrain: Loose gravel tracks and grass paths.

How to get there: Lyde Road 3-2-1 route is located on the south eastern edge of Yeovil with the entrance just south of the roundabout at Birchfield Park. 

Amenities: Free Parking, signs.

Contact us:
Telephone: 01935 462462
Email: active@southsomerset.gov.uk

Accessibility: The grassed paths can become muddy during bad weather, making the route unsuitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs.

Route overview:
A picturesque, traffic free and easily accessible part of Yeovil Country Park situated on the edge of Yeovil in beautiful South Somerset Countryside. The network of paths running alongside the river provides runners with a gentle predominantly flat running route. The Country Park is popular with walkers, runners and cyclists and is a great place to get active.

Lyde Road 321 is a 3km circular route, based on loose gravel tracks and grassed paths. Due to the grassed paths the route would be unsuitable for wheelchair users or those with push chairs during the winter months as these can become a little muddy. The route is well signed using Run England 321 way markers on oak posts and gates, with country park rangers on hand should you require any assistance.


Route Name: Birchfield Park 3-2-1 (click on map to enlarge)

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Trail: Walk/Jog/Run
Grade: 1 trainer
Distance: 2km (1.24 miles)

Time: Please note timings are a rough guide
Walking: 30m
Jogging: 20m
Running: 15m

Terrain: Tarmacked pavements with gentle inclines.

How to get there: Birchfield Park is located on the Eastern edge of the Yeovil. There are entrances on Lyde Road and Birchfield Road, with the start of the 3-2-1 route at the Birchfield Road entrance.

Amenities: Free parking nearby, maps, signage.

Contact us:
Telephone: 01935 462462
Email: active@southsomerset.gov.uk

Accessibility: Suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs.

Route overview:
Birchfield 321 is a 2km circular route, set in Birchfield Park using wide tarmacked paths which makes the route ideal for wheelchair users or those with push chairs. 

Birchfield Park is a large green space with equipment for various activities. It boasts Yeovil's new Activity Hub, leading the way in free outdoor 'trim trail' style exercise equipment. There are several well-lit footpaths with multiple linking paths along the 2km route which includes both a gentle incline and decline before the 1km mark. This is an ideal location for those who are new to running or who plan to take along a buggy with them.

The route passes the new Activity Hub on 3 occasions, this provides users with several opportunities to access the exercise equipment  to complete some strength and conditioning exercises whilst completing the 2km route. The route is well signed using Run England 321 way markers on oak posts and lamp posts. It is only a short way from Lyde Road 3-2-1 allowing users to link both routes together to form a 5km route.


Route Name: Yeovil Recreation Centre 3-2-1 (click on map to enlarge)

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Trail: Walk/Jog/Run
Grade: 1 trainers (easy)
Distance: 3.33km (2 miles)

Time: Please note timings are a rough guide
Walking: 45m
Jogging: 35m
Running: 25m

Terrain: Tarmacked paths and well-kept recreation ground field. Muddy during rainy periods.

How to get there: This run route starts at the Chilton Grove entrance car park, off Mudford Road. Yeovil Recreation Centre is located at the north side of Yeovil and has brown tourism signs directing you to 'Recreation Ground'.

Amenities: Free parking, toilets, changing rooms, refreshment kiosk, play area

Contact us:
Telephone: 01935 462462
Email: active@southsomerset.gov.uk

Accessibility: Due to the route being across the recreation ground field, it would be unsuitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs.

Route overview:
Yeovil Recreation Centre is the top outdoor sporting venue in South Somerset. There is a fantastic artificial grass pitch, athletics arena, MUGA, mini golf, pitch & putt, tennis courts, table tennis, and now a 321 run route. Yeovil Recreation Centre is popular with people keen on walking, running, fitness classes and team sports - both in a competitive and leisurely capacity.

The 321 route is a 3km figure of 8 route, based mainly on tarmacked paths but also with some of the route around the outside of the playing field. The route is undulating with a few short but steady climbs. The route is well signed using Run England 321 way markers on oak posts and bins. It starts close to the Jon O'Donnell Pavilion and heads North alongside the pitch & putt course and goes anticlockwise round the perimeter of the field. It then heads east and south around the athletics track and back northwards towards the mini golf, west through the play area and back clockwise around the playing ground. You then do the reverse through the play area, past mini golf and the athletics arena and back round to the Jon O'Donnell Pavilion.

The uneven surfaces, leaves and mud, on some parts of the route means that this route is not suitable for wheelchair users or those with pushchairs.


 Route Name: Oak Tree Park 3-2-1 (click on map to enlarge)

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Trail: Walk/Jog/Run
Grade: 2 trainers (medium)
Distance: 3km (1.86 miles)

Time: Please note timings are a rough guide
Walking: 45m
Jogging: 35m
Running: 25m

Terrain: Tarmacked pavements and paths with sloping inclines and declines

How to get there: This run route starts on the west side of the play area at oak tree park, off Stourton Way. Located in the north west of Yeovil, just North of Preston Primary School, and The Forum at Abbey Manor. There is plenty of on street parking close to the park.

Amenities: play area

Contact us:
Telephone: 01935 462462
Email: active@southsomerset.gov.uk

Accessibility: Mainly accessible to wheelchairs and pushchairs.

Route overview:
Popular with families and dog walkers, oak tree park is also a favourite of Yeovil running club for training runs. The route is a figure of 8, allowing walkers/runners to build up to the full route in stages. It does an anticlockwise lap of the central playing field and then follows a cycle and footpath south towards Stourton Way. It joins Sutton Grange and heads north on Malmesbury Way, before heading back into the park and doing a little loop on Forde Park. It re-enters the park again and this time does a clockwise lap before turning back and heading south to finish on the way back to the start point.


Route Name: Ham Hill Country Park 3-2-1 (click on map to enlarge)

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Trail: Walk/Jog/Run
Grade: 3 trainers
Distance: 3.35km (2 miles)

Time: Please note timings are a rough guide
Walking: 1hr
Jogging: 45m
Running: 35m

Terrain: Loose gravel tracks, muddy paths and well-kept grassland.

How to get there: Ham Hill is located on the outskirts of Stoke Sub Hamdon and has brown tourism signs directing you.

Amenities: Free parking, public toilets, pub.

Contact us:
Telephone: 01935 462462
Email: active@southsomerset.gov.uk

Accessibility: Due to the uneven terrain, which is narrow in parts, it would be unsuitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs. However there is the easy access trail which is suitable for both wheelchair and pushchair users.

Route overview:

Ham Hill is a nationally important geological area, is home to rare and exciting wildlife and plant life and has a fascinating history. The Country Park has much to offer, with peaceful, leafy woodlands and glades, grassy meadows, impressive ramparts and iconic hamstone memorials and sculptures. It has incredible views of the South Somerset Moors, Exmoor and the Mendip Hills, Ham Hill is a 164 hectare (390 acres) country park centred on a huge Iron Age hill fort and is popular with walkers, runners and visitors of all ages.

Ham Hill 321 is a 3km figure of 8 route, allowing you to do either the first circular route or the second circular route as you build up to doing the full 3km. It is based on loose gravel tracks and well-kept grassland. The full route would be unsuitable for wheelchair users or those with push chairs, however for those users the easy access trail would be suitable. The route is undulating with a few steady climbs to raise your heart rate, and there are several benches along the route should you need a resting point. The route is well signed using Run England 321 way markers on oak posts and gates, with country park rangers on hand should you require any assistance.