Planning

The plan is pretty simple really. To travel to each of the 15 National Parks mapNational Parks in the UK, run 26.2 miles off road, up hills and mountains, over moors and along coasts, whilst exploring and measuring science along the way. All within the 30 days of September.

The planning on the other hand was a lot more involved than we initially thought!

To give us some idea of the logistics that we would need to organise, we set out a preliminary itinerary of when and where each run should take place. Starting in the South, we decided on an order that will hopefully allow our legs, and bodies, to be fully warmed up by the time we hit the mountains of the North! You can view all our planned routes by clicking on the links in the table below.

After deciding the visiting order of the National Parks, we felt confident enough to announce our plans to friends and families. We gauged their reactions and thankfully found a huge amount of encouragement and offers of support for our mad-capped challenge. The next stage was to approach the Education Officers of each National Park, to identify areas of collaboration for new resources and to build on existing ones, with strong scientific links to the curriculum. Again, the response was incredibly supportive, with strong suggestions of research ideas that would suit all parties.

Date Route Distance Map
1st September Norfolk Broads – Reedham to Norwich 27 miles View route map for The Norfolk Broads on plotaroute.com
3rd September South Downs 27 miles View route map for The South Downs on plotaroute.com
5th September New Forest – Lyndhurst to Burley 26 miles View route map for The New Forest on plotaroute.com
7th September Dartmoor – Dartmeet Circular Route 27 miles View route map for Dartmoor on plotaroute.com
9th September Exmoor – Combe Martin to Porlock 27 miles View route map for Exmoor on plotaroute.com
11th September Brecon Beacons – Circular Route 30 miles View route map for The Brecon Beacons on plotaroute.com
13th September Pembrokeshire – Martins Haven to St David’s 27 miles View route map for Pembrokeshire on plotaroute.com
15th September Snowdonia – Snowdon Circular Route 27 miles View route map for Snowdonia on plotaroute.com
16th September Peak District – Hathersage to Chinley 26 miles View route map for The Peak District on plotaroute.com
19th September Lake District – Coniston Marathon 26 miles View route map for The Lake District on plotaroute.com
20th September Yorkshire Dales – Yorkshire 3 Peaks 26 miles View route map for The Yorkshire Dales on plotaroute.com
22nd September North York Moors – Pickering to Gothland 26 miles View route map for The North York Moors on plotaroute.com
24th September Northumberland – Cheviot Hills 26 miles View route map for Northumberland on plotaroute.com
26th September Loch Lomond – West Highland Way 26 miles View route map for Loch Lomond on plotaroute.com
28th September Cairgorms – An-Sqarsoch 26 miles View route map for The Cairngorms on plotaroute.com
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