The course

The course is in Towneley Park, Burnley. The course is 2000m (2K) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths and grass. Some sections of the course may accumulate mud, leaves and puddles after rain. Marshals will be located along the course.

The course will be marshalled so that juniors will be in sight of a marshal at all times.

Please remember that the parkrun uses shared paths. Please give way to other park users. This won't slow you down and will help ensure the overall success of 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.

junior parkrun rules and guidelines

Burnley junior parkrun is a fun, free event organised by volunteers for the benefit of everyone. To make the event as safe as possible, participants, spectators and volunteers are asked to take note of the following rules and guidelines:

  • Whilst parkrun fully accepts its duty of care and will do everything it can to minimise risk of injury and harm to all participants whilst at parkrun events, it is parent/guardians who ultimately have responsibility for the welfare of their children.
  • It is not mandatory for a parent/guardian to participate in junior parkruns, but children under the age of 11 must be accompanied to/from the event by a responsible adult, and the responsible adult must remain in attendance for the duration of the event.
  • Junior events are open and inclusive. Disabled people may participate wherever it is safe for them to do so. The event team can provide disabled participants with course information in order that the participant (or their parent/guardian) can make an informed decision about their safe participation.
  • Whilst more competitive children can use junior parkruns to test themselves against their own time, and against others, participation should ultimately be for fun, and we urge all parents/guardians/volunteers not to put children under undue pressure to perform.
  • Participants should be able to complete (run, jog, walk) 2km. 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).
  • junior parkruns are running, jogging and walking events, and the use of children’s scooters, balance bikes, trikes or cycles is prohibited.
  • Slower runners are encouraged to seed themselves, by starting towards the back of the group especially if an adult is accompanying them.
  • junior parkruns are timed events. Only those aged between 4-14 years old and on foot (eg not those in a buggy or on the shoulders of an adult) can cross the finish line and be recorded in the results list.
  • Exceptions to this rule are subject to the discretion of the Event and/or Run Director. Examples include those over 14 with special educational needs (SEN) or those with a registered disability, for whom social interaction and physical activity may be difficult but important.
  • A strict ‘no barcode no result’ policy will be enforced.
  • Buggies are allowed, subject to course conditions, but only if the adult pushing the buggy is accompanying a junior runner. Adults with buggies are urged to position themselves appropriately for the safety and enjoyment of all.
  • Dogs or other pets are not allowed to take part in junior parkruns.
  • When running, take care should be taken on uneven surfaces and participants should watch out for other park users, animals, vehicles, park maintenance work, trees, posts and other obstacles around the course. All parkrunners should be considerate to the park and all other park users at all times.
  • Spectators should keep clear of participants on the course and keep control of any children and dogs.
  • Participants should take care near roads and car parks, congregate away from the cars and be careful if driving to/from the event.
  • Photography or filming is likely to take place at junior parkrun events. Please see our photos page for more details.
  • While rare, Lyme Disease is present in areas with deer, and occasionally passed to human's through infected ticks. See NHS Choices website for more about Lyme Disease, and how to deal with ticks.
  • This is a free event and all participants attend and run at their own risk.

Please consider helping the event by volunteering - this event survives only because of your generosity. Please visit the volunteer page for more information.

Course map

Course description

Starting in front of the children’s play area and Rotunda Café, head anti-clockwise around the triangle shaped path, turning left after 250m. Head up towards Towneley Hall turning left onto the grass just before the road. Turn left onto ‘The Avenue’ and return to the start point. Complete a second identical loop and finish at the same point as the start.


Toilets located at the rear of the Rotunda Café at the start/finish area.
There is a £1 charge to park in the car park which is around 50 metres from the start/finish area.
There is a café and children’s playground at the start/finish area.
The course is disability friendly with well maintained paths.

Location of start

The run starts in front of the children’s play area and Rotunda Café.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: There are no buses on Sunday’s which will get you to Towneley Park before 9am.
Train: Burnley has 2 central train stations - Burnley Central and Burnley Manchester Road. The closest one to Towneley and Burnley Bus Station is Burnley Manchester Road. See National Rail Enquiries for train details.

Getting there on foot

By Foot: Towneley Park is approximately 2 miles from Burnley Town Centre. The Park and Towneley Hall itself are featured on a variety of walks in and around Burnley. See visit Burnley for further details.
By Bike: With the Pennine Cycleway, Route 68 of the National Cycle Network, passing right through the centre of the park it's no problem riding to Towneley. SeeSustrans for National Cycle Network details.

Getting there by road

Follow signs for Towneley Hall, which is well signposted with brown tourist signs. The postcode for Towneley Hall is BB11 3RQ. On the approach road through the Park towards the Hall, the road forks; take the left hand option which will take you round to the Riverside car park. From the M65, you will need to exit at junction 10. Towneley Park is situated just off the A671 Todmorden Rd.

Post run coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Rotunda Café - please come and join us!