Going for a run can be the perfect way to let off steam after a long day, the ideal revision break or even just a fabulous way to keep fit. If you’re new to the university and the area, it can be difficult to know where the best places to go running are, so I’ve compiled a list to help you out. No excuses now!

Bridgewater Canal

This is a scenic route along the towpath which is great for those who just want to escape. The canal is 65km long and stretches from Runcorn to Leigh, although obviously you don’t have to run that far. Make sure you give the passing boat cruisers a cheery wave.

Salford Quays

The Quays is a very popular place amongst runners, especially when the sun is shining. This is a perfect location if you don’t want to go too far off the beaten track and want to enjoy the lovely view across the water. Great Run Local meets here every Thursday evening.

Peel Park

Right on your doorstep and only a stone’s throw away from the Peel Park campus, this area has been open since 1846. With the playing fields and the meadow, there is plenty to see whilst out on a jog in the fresh air. A free Parkrun is also held here every Saturday morning at 9am.

Charlestown Park

This park features a children’s play area and several five-a-side football pitches so is a great place to run if you’re after somewhere low key but still popular with visitors. A run round Charlestown Park will help banish those revision worries.

Frederick Road Campus to Manchester City Centre

A very straightforward route down the A6 and Chapel Street and then past Salford Central station. When you get to the Manchester Cathedral area, do a U-turn and head back the way you came. This run is roughly 5K and is favoured by many running groups in the city.

Heaton Park

Slightly out of the way in Prestwich, Manchester, Heaton Park needs to be on the list just because it is such a lovely area to run round.  As well as being the largest park in Manchester, the expanse is also home to a weekly Parkrun which attracts hundreds of runners every Saturday.

Worsley Woods

This area is situated on Parrin Lane in Eccles and is another home to the popular Parkrun each Saturday. It’s completely free to get involved and everyone from beginners to experts are encouraged to attend.

Buile Hill Park

This space is a nice location for a run as it is Salford’s largest park. With tennis courts, a tree trail and even outdoor gym equipment, you definitely won’t be bored. There is also a picnic area for when you’ve had enough of doing exercise.

University of Salford running club

The University of Salford Student Union running club meet every Monday and Thursday evening at 6:30pm outside University House. It’s completely free to attend and if you don’t fancy running by yourself then this is a great opportunity to meet others and run as group. All abilities are welcome.

Oakwood Park

This Salford Park is popular in the running community. There is a mansion house and a play area, as well as rugby pitches and an area of recently planted trees, so you will never be short of things to look at.