Please do not attend parkrun if you display any COVID-19 symptoms.

The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is at Lydney Boating Lake, Lakeside Gardens, Lydney. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths, stone 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 Lydney 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.
  • For those intending to run with pushchairs, or visually impaired runners, we suggest that you do a recce prior to the event as you may find it unsuitable due to the course terrain and obstacles. Please feel free to contact us to discuss this.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Lydney 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

This is a three lap course with an out-and-back start and finish.

Run an almost complete anti-clockwise lap of the picturesque lake, before bearing right and double back on yourself towards the pumping station. Cross over the metal bridge and climb a short steep slope and turn right along the quiet canal path. This can be narrow in places. Drop down from the canal into the woods and return to the lake along the winding path, over the stone bridge, either turning right for the next lap or left back to the finish.
The Start is located near to a block of garages on the side of the lake, and the route is on a mixture of tarmac, stone and trail paths. Some of which can get slippery and muddy at times.

For those intending to run with pushchairs, or visually impaired runners, we suggest that you do a recce prior to the event as you may find it unsuitable due to the course terrain and obstacles. Please feel free to contact us to discuss this.


The nearest public toilets are half a mile from the start in Albert Street Carpark.
Whilst there is NO parking at the lake, there is ample parking in the carpark off Hams Road.
There are plenty of benches around the lake for spectators to sit and watch.
Fishing in the lake is by permit only.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts near to a block of garages on the side of the lake.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: The lake is located a short walk from Lydney’s Bus Station.

Train: Follow the road from Lydney train station towards Lydney town, cross over the roundabout, and follow the path down to the lake.

Getting there on foot

Lydney Lake can be found on the western side of Lydney Recreation Ground, near to the Football, Rugby and Tennis clubs.

Getting there by road

Lydney is located on the A48 between Gloucester and Chepstow. Turn off the A48 and follow the signs into Lydney town centre. At the bottom of Highfield Hill turn into Hams Road, just past the Bus Station, turn right into the B&M store car park, then immediate left and follow the car park down as far as you can.
The start is located through the gate at the far end and down the footpath next to Lydney Tennis Club.

If using SATNAV follow GL15 5PE
Please note there is NO parking at the lake for runners.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at the garages, by the lake, and enjoy the pleasant surroundings - please come and join us!