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 (page no longer seems to exist)

For the list below I have ordered the venues by name of the parkrun rather than name of NT venue, which may differ slightly.

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


Bolberry Down parkrun - Malborough, nr Salcombe, Devon
Course: Three laps
Underfoot: Grass, gravel, tarmac
Profile: Flat
Notes:
Further reading: not 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


Cotsford Fields parkrun - Cotsford Fields, Cotsford Lane, Horden, County Durham
Course: Two laps
Underfoot: Multi terrain
Profile:
Notes:
Further reading: not visited


Dunstable Downs parkrun - Dunstable Downs, Whipsnade, Dunstable, Bedfordshire
Course: One lap
Underfoot: Grass and trails
Profile: tbc
Notes: No dogs permitted / May be difficult for buggy runners (check with team before visiting)
Further reading: Not yet visited


Erdigg parkrun - Erdigg Hall, Wrexham, Clwyd
Course: A single loop
Underfoot: Trail and gravel paths
Profile:
Notes:
Further reading: Not 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, nr. Ripon, North Yorkshire
Course: A short lap followed by a longer lap
Underfoot: Firm footpaths
Profile: Gently undulating (but mostly flat with some inclines)
Notes: The ruins of the abbey plus the immaculate Studley Royal Water Gardens
Further Reading: My Fountains Abbey blog post


Hatfield Forest parkrun - This venue is no longer active (since 23 September 2017)
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 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: Tarmac and gravelly paths
Profile: Undulating
Notes: Beautiful and picturesque
Further Reading: My Penrhyn parkrun blog post


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


Trelissick parkrun - Truro, Cornwall
Course: Lollipop
Underfoot: Off road - woodland paths
Profile:
Notes:
Further reading: Not 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


Woolacombe Dunes parkrun - Woolacombe, North Devon
Course: 1 lap
Underfoot: Stone, sand dunes and beach
Profile:
Notes:
Further reading: not visited





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