Lonely Planet Writer

These runs have been selected as the most scenic in the world

Travellers who don’t like to miss out on taking exercise while on holiday may be interested in learning about five locations chosen by a UK travel company as the most scenic five-kilometre runs in the world.

Five runs have been selected as the most scenic in the world . Image: Jordan Siemens

Exodus Travels, best known for activity and adventure trips all around the globe, has partnered with non-profit organisation parkrun UK, to list its favourite spots to run. They should satisfy any traveller’s desire to lace up those running shoes in some of the most beautiful places on earth.

Mont Blanc running trail, France

Mont Blanc in France. Image: Exodus Travels

The circuit of Mont Blanc in France is one of the finest walking routes in the Alps. It is, in reality, a series of paths linking the seven valleys that surround Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in Western Europe. For those with a trail running bucket list, Chamonix is the perfect place. Follow the flat woodland trails along the valley floor of Chamonix where you’ll find numerous easy trails to complete. For further information, see here.

Cape Town waterfront run, South Africa

Cape Town in South Africa. Image: Exodus Travels

Take a beautiful five-kilometre scenic run along Cape Town’s waterfront, framed by Table Mountain and the ocean. It’s one of the most picturesque running routes in South Africa, and you may even spot seals and dolphins. You can also join a parkrun from Green Point in the Central Business District. If you’re up for something a little more challenging, you can head up to the hills for a perfect view of the city. For further information, see here.

Tokyo Imperial Palace, Japan

The Imperial Place in Tokyo. Image: George Pachantouris

The Imperial Palace Run in vibrant Tokyo is one of the city’s most popular runs. The five-kilometre run around the outer Palace moat offers lovely views and is a great way to start the day in Japan. It also has handy run stations where you can easily store your bags and take a shower. For further information, see here.

Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Sri Lanka

Sigiriya Rock Fortress in Sri Lanka. Image: Exodus Travels

Experience Sri Lanka’s breathtaking landscape on a five-kilometre run around the Sigiriya Rock Fortress. The ancient fortress is located near the towns of Dambulla and Habarane, on a plateau 370 metres above sea level. The run takes you around the beautiful gardens and man-made ponds surrounding the rock, and for those seeking more of a challenge, why not climb the stairs to the top? The views are worth every step. For further information, see here.

Panama Canal, Panama

Panama Canal, Panama. Image: Exodus Travels

The Panama Canal is one of the world’s most impressive artificial waterways, and offers some of the most stunning surrounding views. Nature and city-lovers alike can appreciate vast green landscapes on a five-kilometre run alongside the 100-year-old canal, soaking up the beauty of Panama’s rainforest. For further information, see here.