The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is in Lullingstone Country Park, Eynsford. The course is run on a mixture of grass and woodland 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 Lullingstone 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.
  • Runners wishing to run with a dog are welcome, but please keep the dog on a short lead or harness and under control throughout the event. Please also review the parkrun support page article about running with a dog at parkrun events.
  • 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.
  • Lyme Disease is a bacterial infection spread to humans by infected ticks. Consider protecting yourself by wearing repellent when at parkrun events in grassy or wooded areas. See lymediseaseuk.com for further details.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Lullingstone 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

This is a 2 lap clockwise course starting half way up the grass bank as you look up from the visitor centre towards the woods.
Head east towards the copse, taking the left hand grass path that runs up and around the trees, bear right, always keeping the trees to your right hand side.
At the top of the slope, the course levels out. Turn left and head towards the woods at the top of the hill, before running along the top of the hill in front of the woods, continue to the end turning right into the woods.

Passing through the gate, continue climbing through the woods for about 100 metres, before turning right, following the path down through the trees. At the fork, turn right, following the path until it joins another footpath where you turn right and continue down a small hill passing through a gate at the edge of the woods, turning immediate left, down the hill, and along the path you used coming up (make sure to take in the views of Lullingstone Castle and surrounding area of the Darenth Valley!)

Continue down the hill, taking the left hand footpath down in front of the trees, before turning right, keeping the trees on your right hand side. After about 150 metres turn left away from the trees and continue down the hill towards the wooded area, running alongside this (with the trees to your left). When you reach the footpath, turn around, taking the path back up the hill, making sure you bear left at all times.

The footpath takes you through the small woods (beware of tree roots underfoot). Continue on the path and bear right out into the clearing to start the second lap. On completion of the second lap, at the clearing head straight across the hill to the finish.

Runners should keep to the left hand side of the paths at all times.

Facilities

Toilets are located at the visitor centre and are open from 8am. There is a large car park with a charge of £2.50 for the day.
The visitor centre is open from 9.00am, please see the Kent County Council website for details.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts half way up the grass bank as you look up from the visitor centre towards the woods.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: The buses stop at Eynsford (1.4 miles, 2.3 km): Sevenoaks to Swanley 421 (Go Coach) Sevenoaks to New Ash Green 407 (Griffin bus) Tel: Traveline 0871 200 22 33

Train: The nearest train station is Eynsford (1.1 miles, 1.8 km)

Getting there on foot

From the main A225, follow the brown signs for Lullingstone Visitor Centre, walk down the hill for 1km, the centre entrance is on your right.

Getting there by road

From Jct 3 of the M25: Follow signs for A20 and West Kingsdown. Turn right onto the A225 heading to Sevenoaks. Pass through the village of Eynsford on the A225 towards Sevenoaks , pass Eynsford railway station to your left and continue under the bridge for approx 800mtrs. The Country Park is well signposted to the right, after the entrance to Lullingstone Castle. Turn right onto Castle lane and continue down the hill for 1km, the park entrance is on your right.

From Sevenoaks: Follow the A225 towards Eynsford/Farnigham. Pass through Otford continuing on the A225. After 5km pass under the railway bridge and head up the hill passing The Hop Shop entrance on your left. Just as you start heading down the hill take the sharp turning on the left (Castle Lane) for the Visitor Centre.



Continue down the hill for 1km, the park entrance is on your right.
There is plenty of car parking at the visitor centre £2.50 per day.

If using Sat Nav the postcode is DA4 0JF

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in Lullingstone Visitor Centre - please come and join us!