The course is 5000m (5k) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is at Durlston Country Park, Swanage. The course is run on a mixture of permanent 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.
Durlston Country Park 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.
- 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 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 Durlston Country Park parkrun is fun and safe for everyone.
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 DescriptionThis parkrun is breathtaking in more ways than one! Each section has uphill and downhill elements and all offer stunning views of the Jurassic coastline stretching to Portland in the west, Poole and Bournemouth in the east and south to the Isle of Wight.
The course consists of three sections which are all different and all start and finish by the Castle.
- The Tilly Whim Loop heads West and is run twice clockwise.
- The Castle Loop heads East and is run twice anticlockwise.
- The Isle of Wight ‘Out and Back’ run once with a small anticlockwise loop at the turnaround.
- The course is completed in the order Tilly Whim - Castle - Isle of Wight - Tilly Whim - Castle.
Due to the terrain, parts of the course may make it harder for people with buggies & pushchairs - please contact the team in advance for further information.
- Toilets are available at the Learning Centre close to the car parks, start and finish area (including toilets for disabled visitors and nappy changing facility).
- Shop, Castle and Café.
- Drinking water taps, water bowls for dogs and 9 dog waste bins are available.
- Pleasure Ground/Wild Play Area.
- Rubbish/recycling bins located by the Castle and the Learning Centre.
Location of startThe event starts beside the Castle.
Getting there by public transportNo public transport available to Durlston Country Park for the start of parkrun.
Getting there on footWalk in via one of the many public footpaths from Swanage or Langton Matravers, or take the South West Coast Path from the west.
Follow the road up from Swanage. Once you get to Durlston there are no cycle routes or bridleway so park your cycle at cycle racks at the Learning Centre and in the car park nearest the Castle.
Getting there by roadDurlston Country Park is situated on the south coast of England, 1 mile from Swanage in Dorset. (Grid ref. SZ 03 77). Satnav the postcode is BH19 2JL.
- Take the A351 from Wareham (11 miles), or come across the Sandbanks to Studland ferry from Bournemouth (10 miles) to Swanage.
- From Swanage follow the brown tourist signs up the hill to Durlston.
- Parking is Pay & Display, charges are payable all day every day. Overnight parking is not allowed. There are no concessions for disabled visitors or blue badge holders.