The Course

The course is 5000m (5k) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is in Delamere Forest, Cheshire. The course is run on a mixture of gravel 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

Delamere 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 Delamere 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 first kilometre passes over the railway bridge and across the Gruffalo cross-roads to the lake. Turn left at the lake marshal and run one 3 km clockwise circuit, keeping the lake on the right (stay on the main path: the lake section is not marshalled). Finally retrace the first kilometre to the finish. The whole course follows the "Delamere Forest 5km Run" and is marked by white arrows on a slate blue background.


  • Parking: Parking is available in the Old Pale, Visitor Centre and Whitefield car parks (parking charges apply - see Delamere Forest website for latest prices). Parking is free at Barnes Bridge car park and on Ashton Road in the forest. These are approx. 1.5km from the start.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts 250m past the Visitor Centre on the right.

Getting there by public transport

Train: Delamere railway station is located on Station Road, next to the entrance to the Linmere Visitor Centre. Coming from the station and turning right will take you down towards Linmere and the parkrun start.

Getting there on foot

Linmere Visitor Centre is located down a short road off the B5152 or via numerous gravel paths around the rest of the forest.

Getting there by road

From Frodsham: Follow the B5152 towards Delamere Forest which is well sign-posted. Turn right after passing both the campsite and Delamere Railway station and head down towards Linmere Visitor Centre. Old Pale car park is located further down past the Visitor Centre on the left.

From Chester: Follow the A51 and subsequently A54 towards Northwich before keeping left and merging onto the A556. Turn left onto Station Road (A5152) and then left into road leading down towards Linmere Visitor Centre after about 1km. Old Pale car park is located further down past the Visitor Centre on the left.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in Linmere Visitor Centre - please come and join us!