The Course

The course is 5000m (5k) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is at Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths, gravel paths, track and grass. 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

Mole Valley 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.
  • 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.
  • Unfortunately this course is not suitable for pushchairs or buggies.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Mole Valley 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 1 lap course. Starting to the right of the main building, the course first does a clockwise loop of the small field. It then turns left and heads up the hill for approx. 600m. At the top of the hill, turn left and cross a concrete path, continue straight ahead for approx. 700m along an undulating track and then turn right at the next path. Continue until the path bends left down a steep short hill and then follow the path around to the left and head back towards Denbies where you will be treated to stunning views across the vineyard and to Box Hill. At the junction follow the main path, again crossing the concrete path and then turn right, re-joining the outward route where you will return to the field for the finishing straight.

The course is undulating with the first half being mainly uphill and the second half downhill. Much of the track is reasonably narrow due to the path being between hedgerows and the vines. Please do not run between the vines and take care to avoid the metal wires at the end of each vine.

The course may not be appropriate for pushchairs, buggies, and prams, please contact the team in advance to discuss its suitability.


Toilets are available in the main Denbies Vineyard building from 09:00.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts near the car park.

Getting there by public transport

By Train - Train to and from London throughout the day (15 minutes walk from Dorking Station to Denbies).

By Bus - Service 465 serving Kingston - Leatherhead - Dorking, every 30 minutes, 7 days a week.
Service 21 serving Epsom - Leatherhead - Dorking - Charlwood - Crawley, every two hours, Monday to Saturday.

Getting there on foot

Denbies Wine Estate is located approximately 1 mile from Dorking (main), Dorking Deepdene and Box Hill & Westhumble train stations. For both Dorking stations, after exiting the train station, turn right and walk along the A24 London Road (there are footpaths and bike lanes). Continue until you reach the roundabout and take the first exit for Denbies Wine Estate.
For Box Hill & Westhumble train station, turn right onto Westhumble Street and then right onto London Road (A24). Continue until the roundabout and take the third exit for Denbies Wine Estate. Alternatively, approximately 300m before you reach the roundabout there is a footpath on the right (Bradley Lane), adjacent to the car park entrance.

Getting there by bike:
Denbies Wine Estate is located off the popular cycle paths on the A24 London Road. Denbies have dedicated bikes racks.

Getting there by road

Using a SATNAV, type in 'Denbies Wine Estate', NOT the postcode as this will send you to the wrong place.

From M25, exit at Junction 9 then follow A24 south towards Dorking. At Denbies roundabout take the third exit onto Bradley Lane and follow the road up to Denbies main building.

From A24 north bound, at Denbies roundabout take the first exit onto Bradley Lane and follow road up to Denbies main building.

Free car parking is available at Denbies.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Conservatory Restaurant and show your parkrun barcode to get a 10% discount after the event - please come and join us!