The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Coverham Enclosure Five Acres, in the Forest of Dean, and run on forest paths. 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 Forest of Dean 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.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Forest of Dean 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

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Course Description

The course starts and finishes on a wide path through the woods, approximately 200m from the main road. It comprises two clockwise laps. From the start you head north-west to join a straightforward outer lap. On the second lap you leave that route at its most northerly point to zigzag through the woods before rejoining at its most southerly point. Finally you turn off again, towards the finish which is approached in a north-westerly direction.

The course is comprehensively waymarked. As part of a working Forest, the appearance of the landscape changes with the seasons and with harvesting. There are exposed stones and tree roots and the course can become slippery after bad weather.


There are toilets available from 08.30 at APEX outdoor centre GL16 8QQ.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts at the Forest of Dean, Berry Hill, Goleford, Glos, GL16 7QW.

Getting there by public transport

The course is next to Five Acres High School and Five Acres Garage. Look for buses to Five Acres on the Traveline South West web site

Getting there on foot

The course is 1.7m (2.8km) from the centre of Coleford.

Getting there by road

Five Acres is on the A4316 Monmouth to Gloucester Road. It will be best to use a satnav or route planner.

From the Chepstow/Old Severn Bridge Take the A48 to Lydney. Turn left onto the B4234 to Parkend and keep following the B4234 until you come to Myriestock Cross Roads where the A4136 crosses. Turn left and follow the A4136 to Five Acres High School.

From Ross on Wye/Lybrook Follow the B4234 from Ross on Wye to Lydbrook and continue on the B4324 to Myriestock Cross roads where the A4136 crosses. Turn Right and follow the A4136 to Five Acres High School.

From Gloucester Follow the A40 from Gloucester until you get to Huntley. Just after Huntley fork off to the left on the A4136 and follow the A4136 to Five Acres High School.

From Monmouth Follow the A4136 from Monmouth into the Forest of Dean. Stay on the A4136 until you reach Five Acres High School.

Parking We are allowed to use the car park at Berry Hill RFC, 8 Lakers Rd, Five Acres, Coleford, GL16 7QT. This is an eight minute walk from the parkrun itself.

Post Run Coffee

Every week grab a post run tea or coffee in the Finish Area. In bad weather we go to the Forest of Dean Athletic Club clubhouse on the opposite side of the main road. Please come and join us.