Running

The meadows feature both hard-surfaced tracks and footpaths through the meadows making the park an ideal place to go for a long jog or run. This could be on your own, with a group of friends or join in Longrun Meadow parkrun.  The ‘Friends’ have been working with Run England as part of their 321 initiative. A 2km and 1km route have now been installed with markers to show the way. A 3km route is planned when the 3rd bridge has been installed.

parkrun is for people of all ages, shapes and sizes and starts at 9.00am every saturday from the oak barn.  All you need to do is register at www.parkrun.org.uk and bring along your personal ID barcode. Junior parkrun takes place every week on Sunday morning at 9.00am.

For up to date information and news visit www.facebook.com/longrunmeadowparkrun

Runners' legs going past a yellow flower in long grass

Conservation Work

There are plenty of opportunities to get active and do something to help maintain and improve the meadow. The conservation volunteers meet throughout the year on Thursday mornings to carry out various tasks. During the late autumn and winter you will find them hedgelaying. Hedgelaying is fantastic exercise and if you’d like to have a go but can’t make Thursdays, there is also a monthly Sunday group.

Both groups have friendly and knowledgeable people who will be happy to teach you what they know, whatever your skill level.

Orienteering

Longrun Meadow has a Permanent Orienteering Course (POM). There are 20 oak marker posts around the Meadows, each with a letter (which is shown at that position on the map) and a number. It has been installed for families or individuals wishing to use the POM as a fun family activity or as training for orienteers, athletes and school projects. The course can now also be used with the iOrienteering smartphone app using QR codes. A map of the course can be found here and more course information is available on the noticeboard outside COACH.

For more information about orienteering in the area, visit the Quantock Orienteers. They run a variety of events including a regular Junior Orienteering Group.

Any groups wishing to use the course for an organised activity should contact Taunton Deane Borough Council’s Leisure Department and notify the Friends of Longrun Meadow.

Cycling

The network of paths make the meadow ideal for recreational cycling. How about trying out your BMX skills on our Cyclo-Gym? The series of bumps and humps is situated in field 2 near the Air Training Corp building. Previous cycling events included the cycling cinema, organised by Cycling Somerset and a schools cyclo-cross competition organised by Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership. Taunton Bike Club often use the meadow for club sessions on a Tuesday evening.

Dog Walking

Longrun Meadow is a favourite dog walking spot and has hard surfaced trails as well as footpaths through the grassland. Please see the dog owners code of conduct, have a look at the Longrun Meadow, Roughmoor and French Weir Dog Walkers facebook group or join the Taunton Dog Owners Forum for more information.

Woman in red coat walking a small grey dog along a stony path.

Find out more about Longrun Meadow through our Friends Group

Interested in keeping up to date with running at Longrun Meadow, find out more at parkrun

Dog walkers, have you heard about our Taunton Dog Owners Forum?