The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Mount Edgcumbe House and Country Park, Cremyll, Torpoint. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths, trail paths and grass. 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 Mount Edgcumbe 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.
  • 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 Mount Edgcumbe 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

Mount Edgcumbe offers a stunning course that is as challenging as it is picturesque. Set inside the grounds of Mount Edgcumbe Park, the course presents a mixed-terrain offering, with equal sections of tarmac, stone/gravel track and grass.

The route begins on the wide boulevard drive near 'Aunty Em's Gatehouse', close to the lower gate at Cremyll. From the start, runners head south. The drive turns left with Drakes Island straight ahead in eye-line. Take the tarmac drive round to the right, stay on the path and head over the bump towards the duck pond. Here, runners turn right and take the short section of switch-backs up through the woods.
Pass through the wooden gate and turn back following the reinforced grass path towards Maker Church - from here, the views are unequivocally worth the effort that has come before. Full panoramas across Plymouth Sound, the Naval dockyard and the city stretch beyond to the peaks of Dartmoor and Bodmin Moor to the north and north west respectively. You'll certainly not be left wondering why this is locally treasured as Cornwall's forgotten corner. Running west/south west, before reaching the church car park, the path turns a sharp right and makes its way back down through another gate and back on to the tarmac of the upper drive in to the park.
A right turn in front of the stables takes the route back on itself for a short time through the woods, back down the hill, before peeling off left to join the gravel drive, finishing in front of the magnificent Mount Edgcumbe house... and a short step from the Stables Café.

The course presents somewhere between a point-to-point and out and back run, with the start and finish approximately 500m apart. There is a short section on repeat paths between 4k and 4.5k.

Unfortunately, due to the mixed terrain in all weathers, the route is currently not suitable for wheelchairs.

Facilities

Toilets short walk from start and at finish, Pay & Display Parking, Café, Children's play area, activity centre, local crafts.

Getting There

Location of start

We meet up in front of the house where runners can leave bags and jackets. We then take a warm-up jog down the hill (and a chat) to congregate for the start at 8:55. First-timers and tourists should meet by the house where the New Runners Briefing takes place at 8:50.

Getting there by public transport

The Citybus 70 serves Cremyll between Plymouth and Liskeard. Alternatively, the 34/34A/34B stops at Admirals Hard, which will link with the Cremyll Ferry service (foot ferry/bicycles). We advise you check the up-to-date timetables on the Plymouth Citybus website and Cremyll Ferry website.

Getting there on foot

As if it weren't spectacular enough, Mount Edgcumbe parkrun offers runners, volunteers and spectators the unique opportunity to arrive by boat!
Foot passengers can travel on the Cremyll Ferry from Admiral's Hard, Stonehouse, Plymouth. Bikes can be carried on for a small additional charge. There are two ferries on a Saturday morning that will get you to the start in time (8:15 & 8:45). The service runs all year round, with return trips departing on the hour and half past the hour throughout the day. Full details can be found on the Cremyll Ferry website.

Getting there by road

Perched at the end of the Rame peninsula in south east Cornwall, Mount Edgcumbe sits near the villages of Millbrook, Maker and Kingsand & Cawsand. Pay & Display parking is available on site in the Barrow Centre car park (also for Stables Cafe), as well as overflow parking signposted from there. Alternatively, you can park in the pay and display carpark down the hill at Cremyll, which is near the start.

If travelling by car from Cornwall (west), turn off the A374 shortly after Polbathic on to the B3247 signposted for Millbrook and Cremyll. Pass through the villages of Crafthole and Millbrook to pick up the brown signs for Mount Edgcumbe.

If travelling from Plymouth you should cross the River Tamar on the Torpoint Ferry. As you head out of Torpoint on the A374, take the left turn at Antony signposted Millbrook and Mount Edgcumbe. Follow the B3247 up the hill until you reach a T-junction signposted left to Millbrook/Mount Edgcumbe). From here follow directions as listed above.

If using satnav, the postcode is PL10 1HZ

Alternatively (and highly recommended), you can park at Admiral's Hard, Plymouth and catch the foot ferry to Cremyll (see getting there on foot).

Post Run Coffee

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