From pull up bars to monkey bars, obstacle courses to pole climbs
Our map below is a guide to outdoor fitness trails – or trim trails – dotted around London. These outdoor sites feature traditional calisthenics equipment, perfect for bodyweight exercise. Go pull-ups! The locations of these sites are rarely publicised and have been shared mostly by word-of-mouth through a community of users. With this project, we hope to promote awareness of fitness trails and introduce Londoners to new free fitness destinations on their doorsteps.
Ingenious map and guide. Great online resource for the runners of London. Good to know where you can train outdoors on wintry days.
Ruth Field - author of Run Fat B!tch Run & voice of TheGritDoctor.com
A freely accessible map of outdoor gyms that seeks to encourage Londoners to exercise in their local green spaces.
Green Flag Award - recognising the best green spaces in the country
A map of fitness parks in London, with photos and reviews and even a rating. Think you know them all? Go and check it out!
Fi Silk - UK’s foremost female bar calisthenics athlete and writer of Bar-barella.com
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What is a fitness trail?
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The trim trails of London, in all their various forms, are a fantastic outdoor fitness resource. These sites are great for introducing beginners to bodyweight exercise, and for challenging experienced calisthenics enthusiasts.
Jason Doggett, Fitness Coach of Muddy Plimsolls
Where are the cross-trainers and exercise bikes?
A gated collection of exercise stations, situated within an inner city park, with views of the ponds.
A modest collection of essential calisthenic equipment, situated in ancient woodland.
On top of a hill, with distant views of The City of London, this site is among our top-rated outdoor fitness destinations.
Fitness trail equipment is set out like an obstacle course, within this Victorian Grade II listed park.
Under a canopy of trees, bordering heathland, this trim trail features among our top-rated sites.
This renowned, classic trim trail – managed by the Royal Parks – deserves our top-rated accolade.
A few designated outdoor fitness stations dotted around this popular city park.
The athletics field of London’s oldest public park (dubbed the People’s Park), features an array of outdoor fitness equipment.
Classic outdoor exercise equipment, sited along a circular pathway, around an open green.
Beneath the leafiness of London Plane and Chestnut trees, stand modest groups of fitness trail equipment.
A select handful of outdoor fitness stations, situated in a 77 acre park in London’s East End.
A 200m tarmac running path links several outdoor exercise stations and circles this small, urban green space.
A compact New York style bar park, set adjacent to 200 acres of open common land.
Super useful guide to the fitness trails of London. There are more than you think!
Sally Moss @Gubernatrix
Muddy Plimsolls, a Royal Parks licensed fitness operator has scoured London, building a map of fitness trails. Check out their outdoor fitness tips.
The Royal Parks
Very helpful indeed and a great idea. Love the name. Will share with the crew.
Charlie Dark of RunDemCrew
Nicely presented, especially the individual reviews – and great to see some proper photography for each one.
Ollie O'Brien of Mapping London
Always on the look out for pull up bars!
Amazing map – good for Londoners! Well done … such a useful resource.
Tobias Palm on Mudstacle
Words from bloggers …
This local fitness trail guide has been well received by London bloggers – from writers of fitness and healthy lifestyle posts; to street-runners and muddy race enthusiasts alike. Join them by sharing with your social communities:
Let’s be honest, London is an expensive city. But there are some genuinely awesome options for keeping fit on a shoestring budget … here’s a map of London’s best outdoor fitness trails, including obstacle courses and calisthenics equipment.
With the increasing popularity of obstacle course races, this fitness trail map is, without a doubt, the holy grail for functional calisthenics workouts.
Dani Watson - kickboxing coach & lifestyle writer at thiswomansword.com
This map is great! What a lovely way to find local, free activity in London.
Sarah Brogden - lipstick-runner
Very useful when I was looking to train in “all weather” conditions for the Spartan Race!
Charlie Brown - runroundtown
Besides the odd bootcamp class, it seems we’re destined to get stronger indoors, whilst desperately daydreaming of light breezes and bird twitters. Well, not anymore. Muddy Plimsolls has compiled an outdoor fitness trail map of the best outdoor workout areas in London. Strength training should be fun and playful. Turn a park into your gym and you’ll be playing in no time, not even realising you’re working hard.
Jen Slater - official blogger for Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games & fitness writer at eclecticcake.com
Calling all Londoners, getting fit without fleecing your bank account can be as simple as stepping outside your front door. … Muddy Plimsolls has pulled together a useful map of all the outdoor gyms around the capital, saving you any bother in finding one of these marvellous adult playgrounds.
Speedy Becs Run
Fitness trainers Muddy Plimsolls have put together a map of the outdoor gym locations, along with some tips on how to get the most out of the equipment.
And a selection of tweets …
Great map of fitness parks in London, for bodyweight exercises – work out for free this New Year! http://t.co/8J3AUaGWL5 @muddyplimsolls
— Beki @MissWheezy (@Beki_1) January 17, 2015
Love this map of free outdoor #London #fitness trails > http://t.co/AWTUPXuptg
— Kamila (@LondonNewGirl) January 21, 2015
Just in time for a sunny Sunday – London parks with pull-up bars, monkey bars, obstacles courses, http://t.co/0rUINJBzXm
— PrimalParkGirl (@primalparkgirl) March 28, 2014
I would love to se some adult sized play equipment at locations on trails in #yeg http://t.co/53oMdUnRW9
— James Leigh (@BikeBoyJames) March 25, 2014
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— MrMann (@paulMRmann) November 12, 2013
@fionadoggett @muddyplimsolls always on the look out for pull up bars! 🙂
— fizzYcaL.com (@fizzYcaL_com) November 4, 2013
Loving this site http://t.co/fVKGWDBVrP now have outdoor near work!!! #WOD @Tofuman3 @CFCentralLondon
— Ben Norton (@ComradeNortski) February 5, 2015
Looking for pull up bars? Check out this cool map of London fitness trails. http://t.co/q5XeW5JKSz via @muddyplimsolls
— Carolyn Loyel (@MsLoyel) January 14, 2015
A guide to trails and fitness equipment in London http://t.co/bHOrtkJOko @muddyplimsolls
— SpeedyBecsRun (@SpeedyBecsRun) January 26, 2015
RT @muddyplimsolls: Hilly Fields Trim Trail scores an 8/10 in our online fitness map of London http://t.co/XemgZHDeVY. Congrats!
— Lewisham Council (@LewishamCouncil) March 5, 2014
The best fitness trails, courtesy of Muddy Plimsolls http://t.co/OlEl8y4SMi
— Darling Collective (@Darling_London) November 4, 2013
Super useful guide to the fitness trails of London from @muddyplimsolls http://t.co/9rmwRChIVN There are more than you think!
— Sally Moss (@Gubernatrix) November 2, 2013