The Course

The course is 5000m (5k) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is in Fell Foot Park, Newby Bridge, Windermere. The course is run on a mixture of grass, tarmac paths and gravel 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

Fell Foot parkrun, Newby Bridge 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.
  • 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.
  • If dogs are permitted, you may participate with one 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.
  • Please note that during the winter months and in the case of adverse weather, we may need to use an alternative route which is not suitable for dogs. Please check our news page or social media for any restriction updates.
  • Our alternate route is unfortunately not suitable for for buggies. Please check our news page or social media for any restriction updates. 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 Fell Foot parkrun, Newby Bridge 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

Fell Foot parkrun is an undulating, multi-surface figure of 8 with the top loop repeated. Starting on grass just below the main car park, the course heads towards a marshalled crossroads. Turn sharp right here towards the lake and then sharp left at the foot of the hill towards the wild flower meadow. Please keep left to avoid those who may be leaving the meadow. Once through the manned gate, turn right and follow the mown path round the perimeter of the meadow and back out through the gate, still keeping left. The route continues along the shore of Windermere on a gravel path towards the National Trust shop and cafe. Once past these, bear right and head on tarmac up towards the top road and turn right. Continue along until a signposted fork which directs you back down onto the gravel path and out for the final loop of the meadow. The final stretch is along the shore of the lake with stunning views, but this time bear right on to the grass to finish.

Footwear: Trail shoes or road trainers. The course can be quite wet and muddy in places.

However during the winter months and during adverse weather we may need to use an alternative route which is not suitable for dogs or buggies. Please check our news page or social media for any restriction updates.


Non NT members need to pay the current parking charge. However anyone volunteering/marshalling park for free, collect a parking permit from the Run Director. NT members should scan their membership card at the machine to obtain their parking ticket.

Toilets are available in the main car park and at the cafe. Disabled toilets are also available in these locations.

Changing Facilities
Opening in summer 2018 the National Trust’s Active Base Centre has changing, toilet and shower facilities. Please check the National Trust Fell Foot website for further details and cost for the use of these facilities.

A free children’s play area is available.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts in the park below the car park.

Getting there by public transport

By bus:
No 6. bus from Windermere & Bowness-on-Windermere to Barrow runs all year. The bus stop is right outside the park entrance. Visit or for more information.

Getting there on foot

Fell Foot is approximately 8 miles from Windermere, just over a mile from Newby Bridge and not feasible unless staying at Newby Bridge and nearly 10 miles from Ulverston.

For cycle information please refer to the 'National Cycle Network' website.

Getting there by road

Fell Foot park is on the A592, one mile north of Newby Bridge. Turn into Fell Foot park and follow the direction signs to the parking area.
For Sat Nav use LA12 8NN.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Fell Foot Boathouse Cafe by the lake during the summer months and Cafe Ambio at Backbarrow during the winter months - please come and join us!