The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is in Wilverley Inclosure, New Forest. The course is run entirely on gravel tracks. Some sections of the course may accumulate mud, leaves and puddles after rain. Dependent on availability, marshals will be at key sections of the course, or signs will be in place.

Please remember that the parkrun uses shared paths. For the continued success of the event, please give way to other park users. This won't hurt your time, it won't stop you from getting a PB and it will make sure everyone continues to enjoy the event.

Please, wherever possible walk, jog, cycle or use public transport when attending the event. If you do have to drive, please consider car-sharing to reduce our impact on both the environment and other park users. Please also watch out for other park users when arriving and leaving. Parking may be limited so try to arrive early.

Course Safety

The Brockenhurst parkrun is a fun, free event organised by volunteers for the benefit of everyone. We wish to make the run as safe as possible, so runners, spectators and helpers are asked to take care about the following:

  • Please be considerate to the park and other park users at all times.
  • Children under the age of eleven must be accompanied (within arm's reach) throughout the run by a parent, guardian or appropriate adult of the parent's choice.
  • Please arrive by foot, by pedal-power or by public transport if you can - your efforts help to reduce our impact on the park and the planet.
  • Please consider volunteering to help occasionally - this event survives only because of your generosity - please visit the volunteer page for more information.
  • Take care near roads and car parks - some vehicles drive very quickly. Please congregate away from the cars and be careful in particular if you have children. If you’re driving to the run, please drive carefully even if you’re late!
  • When running, take care on uneven surfaces - whether on grass or on tarmac. Watch out for cyclists, other runners, pedestrians, children, dogs, wildlife, park animals, vehicles, park maintenance work, falling branches, bollards, posts and other obstacles around the course.
  • Please ensure that you are fit enough to walk, jog, run 5k (3.1 miles) with us. Health advice about running can be found at the excellent Runners' Medical Resource website (although this external website focuses on preparation for a race and does not describe parkrun events).
  • Remember to warm up before the run.
  • If you see a runner with a serious problem, please stop to help them out and get help as soon as possible.
  • If you’re watching, keep clear of runners on the course, and look after any children and dogs you may have with you.
  • It is not permitted to run with a pushchair and a dog at the same time.
  • Dogs ARE allowed at this venue but please keep the dog on a short lead or harness and under control throughout the event.
  • Runners pushing buggies are also welcome, but please take extreme care of other runners around you. If possible start from the back of the field and try to keep to one side of the main body of runners.
  • While rare, Lyme Disease is present in areas where deer live, and occasionally passed to human’s through infected ticks. See NHS Choices website for more about Lyme Disease, and how to deal with ticks.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Brockenhurst parkrun is fun and safe for everyone.

Age Grading

All parkrun events use Age Grading to help athletes compare results.

Age Grading takes your time and uses the world record time for your sex and age group to produce a score (a percentage). This score allows you to compare your personal performance against other people's performances even though they might be a different age and a different sex to you - the higher the score the better the performance. The scores can also be compared across different race distances - to allow you to, for example, compare a 5km time against a marathon.

For more information, please see our Support page.

Course Map

Course Description

A single lap course clockwise around the main undulating gravel track through the Inclosure. One dogleg at 3kms.


Basic toilets.
Car sharing is recommended as this is a popular car park for walkers and cyclists.
Postcodes in the New Forest are very large and not accurate for SatNav use. However the nearest Postcode is BH25 5TZ which is 800m south of the car park entrance.

Getting There

Location of start

The runs starts through kissing gate at western end of the car park facing Wilverley Plain.

Getting there by public transport

Nearest railway station is Brockenhurst. Follow directions on foot.

Getting there on foot

From the Watersplash (ford) on Brookley Road, Brockenhurst follow Burley Road south west for 2.8 miles before turning right onto narrow tar road signed to Wilverley Plain car park.

Getting there by road

From Bournemouth direction;

  • Follow the A35 north towards Lyndhurst
  • After 5.5miles turn left following signs for Burley.
  • Turn right at T junction signed for Brockenhurst.
  • Follow road for just over 2 miles ignoring right hand turns.
  • Turn left onto narrow tar road signed to Wilverley Plain car park.

From Southampton direction;

  • Follow A35 through Ashurst to Lyndhurst
  • Follow one way system in Lyndhurst following signs for Christchurch
  • Follow A35 south for 6.5 miles
  • Turn left following signs for Burley
  • Turn right at T junction following signs for Brockenhurst
  • Follow road for just under 2 miles ignoring right hand turns.
  • Turn left onto narrow tar road signed to Wilverley Plain car park.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in either The Sett or Bongusta cafes, both on Lyndhurst Road, Brockenhurst, SO42 7RL. Show your parkrun barcode for a Saturday morning discount - please come and join us!