Length 8.5 km (5.3 miles), terrain rolling hills
Madrid running routes:
Madrid Old Town Sights route
Madrid Parque del Oeste route
Madrid Parque del Retiro route
Madrid Casa de Campo trail run
Madrid Rio Manzanares route
Madrid Cañadas trail run
For more running routes, see Route List.
This is, in my opinion, Madrid's best running trail. It circles through the Casa de Campo countryside just west of the Madrid old town. If you've ever stood near the royal palace up on the bluff and looked westwards across the rolling countryside, you've been viewing the Casa de Campo.
|Trail in the Casa de Campo with spring wildflowers|
NOTE: see the Destinations Tips page for tips about spending your free time in this great town!
There are lots of trails criss-crossing the landscape, but this route will take an easy-to-follow loop along the main trails. But once you've gotten to know it a bit, you might want to explore other trails weaving their way through this extended area.
If you are staying anywhere in central Madrid, you can easily get to the start of this run, just west of the royal palace. Or, if you are staying further away (or you want to avoid running uphill to get back into town) you can take the Metro to the Lago station (Linea 10 towards Puerta del Sur). This will place you at the southwest corner of the Campo lake, right on the route.
I put the official start of this route at the western end of Cuesta San Vicente, the busy street that heads westwards along the north side of the Sabatini Gardens and the Campo del Morro park, below the royal palace.
At the traffic circle, cross Paseo Virgen del Puerto and run diagonally to the left through the new park, heading westwards downhill to the river.
|Bridge to Casa de Campo|
You will pass several nicely done trail maps of the Campo at this end of the park. Later, though, you won't find any more, so best study them now! You'll notice a lot of mountain bikers, too. The sport has really taken off in Madrid in the last few years, and this is ideal country for it. You'll have to watch out for them speeding down the hills. It's best to take the dirt paths parallel to the paved streets when you are heading up or down a big hill.
Run past the south shore of the lake and the restaurants lining its western shore. To the left, you can see the Lago Metro station.
|Running past the Lago|
|Ronda Lago street is blocked to car traffic|
In another half-kilometer, you'll come to a spot where the road splits. Follow the paved street to the right side.
|Turn right here. The dirt road in the middle is the bike trail|
Follow the paved road as it turns to the right to head north, up a hill. Go straight up the hill, and then down again on the other side, watching for out-of-control bikers. You will be running along a fenced-in protected area on the right side.
When you get to the bottom of the hill, turn to the right to run eastwards along this side of the protected area.
|Turn here to head east along the fence|
After a kilometer, you'll come to a gap in the fence, a place where a small trail turns right to go into the protected area. Ignore it and stay on the main trail.
|Heading eastwards towards town|
|The last stretch, heading south to the Lago|