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There is a great run I really enjoy, about 10k in length. Starting in the city centre, head for the canal at the bottom of Bathwick hill, running past Sydney gardens, and underneath North road (another road which goes up the hill to the university). Running along the canal I frequently see other joggers / holiday makers / families walking / cyclists. The further you go, the quieter it gets. Within 1-2 miles you go underneath another bridge. On the right you see lovely cottage houses with gardens to die for and the rugby grounds, on the right, once past the pub you see forests and fields among valleys and hills. I never get bored running along here. Within 3 miles there are few people, just barges traveling along, nothing rushing the speed of life here. The canal path takes you for a couple more miles, underneath two bridges. The second bridge is at "Bathampton fishing". I take this bridge, a road which goes uphill, up to the main road (which you have to run along for about 200 meters), taking the road on the right to Claverton Down. This lane takes you past the American Museum, and the playing fields at the University of Bath. This is all in a days work of getting to University. Well there has to be some motivator! Once you have ran past the fields, cross the lane all run down the lane opposite. You cannot go wrong. When you come to the road, you can either run down Bathwick Hill (where the buses go) or Widcome Hill. I prefer the latter. This is the road which starts flat, then turn right at the end of this road and you are going downhill. The views down here are breathtaking, especially at dusk/dark (and in summer when it is hazy)! You can actually see the whole of Bath city from the rugby grounds to the Abbey. Half way down the hill I jump into the fields (Smallcombe Hill, managed by the National trust), which takes you through farmland and past a small church. Turn left here and head for the residential area. Take a left here and follow the road to the canal. Here it is a right back to Bathwick Hill and a left to where the canal meets the river. If you then get on the river (right), it will take you straight into the city centre. Whichever takes your fancy! Then you can start all over again!