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The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is at Castle Howard, York. The course is run on a mixture of concrete paths and trail 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 Castle Howard 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 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 Castle Howard parkrun is fun and safe for everyone.

Age Grading

All parkrun events use Age Grading to help parkrunners 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 route takes in the wonderful sights of Castle Howard house and some of the grounds, then heads down towards the lake and out onto the bridleway trail before returning back towards the house and the finishing area. The course is an out and back route on pavement and bridleway trail. Some sections of the route may accumulate mud, leaves and puddles after rain. There is a gradual incline on the return section. The start and finish area are close to the main car park.


Please vacate the main site once your parkrun has finished and the grounds open to the public. We will all be meeting in the courtyard cafe afterwards for our post-run drinks and there are shops that you can browse as well if you wish.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts close to the main car park.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: Unfortunately, buses do not run early enough for parkrun.

Train: The nearest train station is at Malton. Trains come from: Scarborough, York and Manchester. Onward travel to Castle Howard can be by taxi.

Getting there on foot

We wouldn’t advise people to travel on foot to Castle Howard.

Getting there by road

The postcode for Sat Nav is: YO60 7DA.

Castle Howard is easily accessed by the A64 which connects to York, Leeds and the Yorkshire Coast.
  • If you are travelling east bound from York/Leeds on the A64, take the signposted left at Barton Cross roads.
  • If you are travelling west bound, exit the A64 at old Malton and continue through Malton onto Castle Howard Road - Castle Howard is well signposted, look out for the brown tourist signs.
Please avoid travelling through Welburn village.

Parking is in the main car park area.

Post Run Coffee

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