The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Bedgebury National Pinetum & Forest, Goudhurst, nr Cranbrook. The course is run entirely on forest tracks and trails. 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 Bedgebury Pinetum 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 Bedgebury Pinetum 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

The 5000m (5K) course is at Bedgebury National Pinetum & Forest, Goudhurst, near Cranbrook and follows undulating forest tracks and trails with a total of 67 metres of climb and descent. Some sections of the course may accumulate mud, leaves and puddles after rain. The first kilometre is predominantly uphill, followed by an equal descent to the half way point. This is followed by a second climb and descent, before a final climb to the 150m gentle downhill finishing straight.

The Forestry Commission has signposted most of the turns on the course with black arrows on a white background. Where these are not obvious, there will normally be a marshall or an additional larger yellow parkrun sign with a black arrow.

Facilities

Toilets, fantastic wooden children’s play area, café. Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in The Bedgebury Café - please come and join us!

Getting There

Location of start

From the Visitor Centre Car Park follow signs to “Go Ape” and the children’s play area. At Go Ape, turn sharp left along the track, through one gate and then another gate after a further 200 metres. The start is a further hundred meters or so along the track.

Getting there by public transport

Bedgebury Pinetum is in a rural location and is not well-served by public transport. Directions for the intrepid are as follows:

Nearest railway stations: Etchingham (on the Hastings line from Charing Cross or London Bridge) is the closest station to Bedgebury. It's about a 30 minute cycle ride up the A21 (there is a footpath along the edge of the northbound carriageway). Alternatively, Tunbridge Wells, Frant and Wadhurst (on the Hastings line) and Staplehurst and Marden (on the Ashford line) are also nearby.

Nearest Bus Stop: Flimwell Corner Farm (near the Flimwell crossroad). 254 (Tunbridge Wells to Hawkhurst service).

Getting there on foot

From the Visitor Centre Car Park follow signs to “Go Ape” and the children’s play area. At Go Ape, turn sharp left along the track, through one gate and then another gate after a further 200 metres. The start is a further hundred meters or so along the track.

Getting there by road

Bedgebury’s main entrance is located on the B2079 and is signposted off the A21 on the B2079, approximately 12 miles southeast of Tunbridge Wells and 16 miles northwest of Hastings.

Post Code: TN17 2SJ (Please be cautious when using satellite navigation as this will take you to the area office, not the visitor centre).

Car park is £3 up to 10.30am (£10 after 10:30am however annual membership is £66).
Most volunteer roles get free parking - speak to the Run Director to arrange this.

Post Run Coffee

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