The Course

The course is 5000m (5k) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is at Dalby Forest Courtyard, Low Dalby, Pickering. The course is run on a mixture of forest roads, gravel paths, footpaths and wooden bridges. 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

Dalby Forest parkrun is a fun, free event organised by volunteers for the benefit of everyone. We wish to make the event as safe as possible, so participants, 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.
  • 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 one dog by your side, within reach at all times, on a short, handheld, non-extendable lead. Please also see this Support Site entry for further details about parkrunning with dogs.
  • Runners pushing buggies are welcome, but please take care of others around you and do your best to start at an appropriate place in the field for your pace.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Dalby Forest 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

It is a multi-user trail predominately forest roads, footpaths and gravel trails for all standards of runner. The trail takes in views along the valley and crosses over bridges that span Dalby Beck as well as winding through forest and pasture. The course is largely flat with a couple of short elevations.


  • Toilets are located in the Dalby Forest Courtyard as well as the main Visitor Centre. There are disabled facilities in both locations.
  • There is plenty of car parking located between the Dalby Forest Courtyard and the Visitor Centre. There are a number of disabled parking bays near both the Visitor Centre and Courtyard.
  • There is a discounted toll charge of £2 per vehicle for all parkrunners to use the forest drive by car until 10.30am. If you wish to extend your visit beyond 10.30am you can top up your admission at the Information Point in Dalby Forest For walkers, runners and cyclists there is no toll charge to enter the forest.
  • A large children’s play area is located at the back of the main Visitor Centre approximately 5 minutes from the start line.
  • There are two cafes in walking distance from the start line. The Courtyard Café is closest. The second café is located inside the main Visitor Centre.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts at Dalby Forest.

Getting there by public transport

The following bus routes provide transport to Thornton le Dale: 90, 128 and 840. These routes cover the following locations as well as smaller villages and towns: Whitby, Scarborough, Malton, Helmsley, Pickering, Leeds, Tadcaster and York.

Getting there on foot

A walking route is available from Thornton le Dale into Dalby Forest via Ellerburn.

Getting there by road

Due to the rural nature of our location, postcodes are not always accurate when using satnavs. Please always cross reference with a map.
Dalby Forest can be reached via the A169 Pickering to Whitby road. Look out for the brown tourist signs.
There is a discounted toll charge of £2 per vehicle for all parkrunners to use the forest drive by car. For walkers, runners and cyclists there is no toll charge to enter the forest.

Post Run Coffee

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