Wednesday, 27 January 2016

National Trust parkrun venues

The National Trust are great supporters of parkrun and kindly allow many of their venues to be used for parkruns. They are generally off-road courses and beautiful places to run. If you were making a 'must-do' list, then these venues would be a good place to start. The National Trust have their own webpage showing which venues are home to parkruns, you can find it here - National Trust parkrun Venues

For the list below I have ordered the venues by name of parkrun rather than name of NT venue. This differs from the NT list as they are listed by venue name. For info, I have removed Enniskillen parkrun as it has moved from its original NT venue to a non-NT venue.

As the venues are widely spread across the country, I haven't visited many of them. I'll try to tick off the odd venue every now and then, but almost all of them require a long drive and probably an overnight stay. It will be extremely slow progress.

Map: The green pins show the venues I have officially visited while the red pins are venues that I still need to visit.



Bath Skyline parkrun - Bath Skyline, Bath, Somerset

Course: A small loop followed by a big loop
Underfoot: Gravel, stone, grass
Profile:
Notes: Steps on course - not suitable for buggies
Further Reading: NOT YET VISITED


Belton House parkrun - Belton House, Grantham, Lincolnshire

Course: Two anti-clockwise laps
Underfoot:
Profile:
Notes:
Further Reading: NOT YET VISITED


Blickling parkrun - Blickling Estate, Aylsham, Norfolk

Course: Almost two laps
Underfoot:
Profile:
Notes:
Further Reading: NOT YET VISITED


Clumber Park parkrun - Clumber Park, Worksop, Nottinghamshire

Course: Two laps
Underfoot:
Profile:
Notes:
Further Reading: NOT YET VISITED


Colby parkrun - Colby Woodland Garden, Ambroth, Pembrokeshire

Course: Three laps
Underfoot: Trail paths / grass
Profile: Undulating
Notes: Set in a tranquil secret valley
Further Reading: NOT YET VISITED


Fell Foot parkrun - Fell Foot, Cumbria

Course: Figure of eight with top loop run twice
Underfoot:
Profile:
Notes: It's run next to lake Windermere. Need I say more?
Further Reading: NOT YET VISITED


Fountains Abbey parkrun - Fountains Abbey

Course: Two laps
Underfoot: Firm footpaths
Profile: Gently undulating
Notes:
Further Reading: NOT YET VISITED


Gibside parkrun - Gibside

Course:
Underfoot:
Profile:
Notes:
Further Reading: NOT YET VISITED


Hatfield Forest parkrun - Hatfield Forest, Essex

Course: One lap (technically point-to-point)
Underfoot: Tarmac, grass, mud, puddles
Profile: Almost completely flat
Notes: Set in a stunning medieval forest
Further Reading: My Hatfield Forest parkrun blog post


Killerton parkrun - Killerton, Devon

Course: One lap
Underfoot: Trails / grass
Profile:
Notes: Scenic
Further Reading: NOT YET VISITED


Lanhydrock parkrun - Lanhydrock, Devon

Course: One lap
Underfoot:
Profile: Undulating / hilly?
Notes:
Further Reading: NOT YET VISITED


Lyme Park parkrun - Lyme Park, Cheshire

Course: One lap (point-to-point)
Underfoot:
Profile:
Notes: According to the course page.. breathtaking.
Further Reading: NOT YET VISITED


Newport parkrun - Tredegar House, South Wales

Course: Two laps
Underfoot: Gravel / bark / compact earth / grass
Profile: Flat
Notes:
Further Reading: NOT YET VISITED


Nostell Priory parkrun - Nostell Priory, Yorkshire

Course: Two laps
Underfoot: Tarmac, bark, trail, grass
Profile:
Notes: Barcode in window for free parking
Further Reading: NOT YET VISITED


Osterley parkrun - Osterley Park, Middlesex (London)

Course: Three laps
Underfoot: Tarmac, trail, grass
Profile: Flat
Notes: Very nice. I really enjoyed the short trail section
Further Reading: My Osterley parkrun blog post


Parke parkrun - Parke, Bovey Tracey, Devon

Course: One lap (?)
Underfoot:
Profile: Hilly / Undulating
Notes:
Further Reading: NOT YET VISITED


Penrhyn parkrun - Penrhyn Castle, Gwynedd

Course: Two big loops and two small loops
Underfoot:
Profile: Mostly flat (some small undulations)
Notes: Beautiful and picturesuqe (from official page)
Further Reading: NOT YET VISITED


Penrose parkrun - Penrose, Helston, Cornwall

Course: One lap (point-to-point)
Underfoot: Woodland and coastal paths
Profile:
Notes:
Further Reading: NOT YET VISITED


Plym Valley parkrun - Plymbridge Woods, Devon

Course: One lap
Underfoot: Grass / tarmac / woods
Profile: Undulating / hilly
Notes:
Further Reading: NOT YET VISITED


Sheringham parkrun - Sheringham Oark, Norfolk

Course: One lap
Underfoot: Woodland paths (firms but can be muddy)
Profile: Undulating
Notes:
Further Reading: NOT YET VISITED


South Shields parkrun - The Leas, Tyne and Wear

Course: One lap (point-to-point)
Underfoot:
Profile:
Notes: Follows part of the route of the great north run
Further Reading: NOT YET VISITED


Wimpole Estate parkrun - Wimpole Hall, Cambridgeshire

Course: One lap
Underfoot: tarmac / grass
Profile: Undulating
Notes: Has cows and sheep on the course.
Further Reading: My Wimpole Estate parkrun blog post


Yeovil Montecute parkrun - Montecute House, Somerset

Course: Small loop then two big loops
Underfoot: Grass
Profile: Undulating
Notes:
Further Reading: NOT YET VISITED





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