If you’re a keen fitness fanatic and heading to Newmarket for a visit don’t worry about your training taking a knock. There’s loads for you to do to stay active.
Whether you’d prefer a more leisurely stroll or you’re looking to up the tempo and test yourself a bit, the acres that make up the famed Training Grounds of Newmarket are perfect for it. Can you conquer Warren Hill like the equine athletes do just about every morning? If you’re wanting to get on the gallops for some exercise, there is access in the afternoons after the horses have done their thing. If you’re in town over the weekend then the Great Run Local is a great way to test yourself against the clock. All you have to do is register, for free, and join them on a Sunday morning on Warren Hill. Click here for more information.
Or if you’re just after taking the dog for a leisurely stroll while you clear your head that’s also OK. Just remember to admire the view from the top of the gallops as you look out over town. See if you can spot the roof of the famed Tattersalls sales ring or the Millennium Stand at the Rowley Mile in the distance.
Given its location, Newmarket makes a great addition to add to your route if you are going on a long-distance cycle. Heading here from Cambridge is easy and so is the route from Ely into Newmarket. There are some fantastic places to get your fellow cyclists to enjoy a pit-stop at with the Wavertree’s Coffee Shop at the National Stud a really good place to recharge and rest the legs while getting a caffeine fix. Or you could head to The Tack Room at the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art with their terrace in the warmer months a great spot for the cycling club to meet up and enjoy a scone or breakfast. Cortado Espresso, just off the High Street is another great independent coffee stop. You could also make Newmarket part of the route if you were heading to or from Ely.
Thanks in part to the vast expanse of gallops available, Newmarket is the perfect setting for some epic dog walking spots. You could head up Warren Hill, brilliant if you are wanting to watch the sunset or take an epic panoramic picture from the top of the gallops. Head through the forest area and you’ll come out on Side Hill. Or you could go on the opposite side of the Moulton Road and get the pooches stretching the legs over on Long Hill. If you make your way down towards the July Course you can park and then trek along the Devils Dyke, a seven mile stretch that runs from Reach right through to the village of Wooditton. Thought to be of Anglo-Saxon origin, the Devil’s Dyke was said to have been a means to control movement on Roman roads as well as providing a form of defence. You can read more about the Devil’s Dyke by clicking here. For a list of some of the other fabulous walking spots in the area, click here.
And if you are a fan of walking then our History and Heritage Walking Tour is a must-do as you retrace the steps of royalty and explore the town’s early roots through to modern times. For details on how to book your places, click here.
There is no shortage of facilities for those who love to lift weights or hit the treadmill. Some of the popular options in town include the Health and Fitness Club at the Bedford Lodge , the Racing Centre and the Newmarket Leisure Centre. All of them have unique offerings and facilities for you no matter whether you are wanting a cardio blast or to pump some iron.
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