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The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The run start is situated on the opposite side of the lake to the car park. You go down the path passing the playground on your right and then across the little bridge. The start is to your left just along the path next to the lake. It is approximately 200m from the Stables car park. Please note that the closest toilet facilities are at the car park The course is run on a mixture of surfaces (including gravel and woodland paths) but the course is mainly on tarmac.. 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 Bexley 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.
  • 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.
  • You are welcome to take part with a dog, but please keep the dog on a short lead or short 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 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.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Bexley 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 course takes in the best features of Danson Park, passing the lake, Danson House and going through the woods. A 2 lap course which is majority on tarmac path but a gravel path and woodland track does break this up.
From the start we run East along the path along the length of the lake, turning left and along the path uphill, crossing a marshalled car park entrance to the Boathouse. Following the path turning Westward at the top, we pass Danson House on your right hand-side and into a narrow chicane section before turning right and up a short, sharp gravel path that takes you round to the entrance of the woods. Taking the 2nd path on the right you then head down the woodland trail and at the bottom (where it can get quite boggy after heavy rain) you cross the polo field and re-join the path between the first tree and keeping the rubbish bin on your left. Follow the path back through the metal gates to the start, and your second lap.

Facilities

  • Parking: There is ample parking at Danson Stables and along beside both the toilet block and children’s playground. Street parking is also available on Danson Lane, Danson Road and Lakeside Close.
  • Toilets: There are toilets located at the Danson Stables car park and also to the East of Danson House. There is also a children’s playpark, boathouse café, tennis courts and a trim trail within the park.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts and finishes on the South side of the lake, our meeting point for the runners briefing is at the stone lock-up directly beside the lake.

Getting there by public transport

Buses: From Bexleyheath direction, buses 89, 96, 486 & B16 all stop at Crook Log Leisure Centre. Enter the park on the corner and follow the path up to the Danson Stables. From here you can follow directions from the car park. Total walk distance is approx. ¾ of a mile to the start.
From Welling direction, buses 89, 96, 486, B16 all stop at Welling High Street opposite the Tesco store. Cross the road at the traffic lights to your right and as you pass the cannons head down Danson Crescent and into the park at the gates ahead. Continue along this path to the start. Total walk distance is approx. ¾ of a mile.

Trains: Welling and Bexleyheath stations are on the same train line. Bexleyheath is just short of a 1.5 miles walk (no direct bus) and Welling is about 1.2 miles away.
From Bexleyheath Station go to Avenue Road and follow South to Crook Log. Turn right towards the park and follow bus instructions from Crook Log Leisure Centre above.
From Welling Station follow the High Street down to Danson Crescent and follow bus instructions above to the start

Getting there on foot

Directions to park entrances on Danson Lane and Crook Log are described within the Public Transport section. From Danson Road you can enter the park at the Boathouse or from Lakeside Close.
From the Boathouse head south and follow the path around the lake - the start is 600 metres from the corner of the lake.
From Lakeside Close enter through the gate and turn immediately 90 degrees to your right. Head down across the grass to the path, turn right and the start is approx. 300 metres along the path.

Getting there by road

Coming from the South (or either direction on the A2) you come off and follow join Danson Road via the roundabout. From here you go past the boathouse on your left and the entrance to Danson Stables (car park) is just after the traffic lights on your left.
Coming from the North you would turn onto Danson Road from the traffic lights at Crook Log. The Danson Stables entrance is on the right just before the traffic lights - opposite Bean Road.

If using SATNAV, use the postcode DA6 8HL for Danson Stables.

There is ample parking at Danson Stables and along beside both the toilet block and children’s playground. Street parking is also available on Danson Lane, Danson Road and Lakeside Close.
From the car park there is 0.4 miles southerly walk down to the start area.

Post Run Coffee

Please join us for a post run coffee at the Danson Stables every week. They open from 10am and provide a good range of food/drink. Indoor and outdoor seating available - weather dependant!