The Course

The course is 5000m (5k) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is at Rosliston Forestry Centre, Rosliston, Swadlincote. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths, compacted 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

Rosliston 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 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 Rosliston 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 course follows a signed and marshalled 5k route through this beautifully scenic site. The start and finish are conveniently located near to the visitor centre and café.

From the start runners head up a short incline, before turning left and following the marked path as it gently twists and turns down a slope. At the bottom runners turn right and follow the path on an anticlockwise loop. The path then meanders through the Bluebell Woods and past the Greenheart Lakes before turning left and weaving uphill and anticlockwise around the perimeter of the Wooded area before turning left and down a short ‘trail’ clearing in the woods. On re-joining the path and turning right runners follow the path as it twists and turns around the meadow and back towards the Bluebell Woods. Runners will then be directed to follow the path on a clockwise loop before turning left and uphill along the winding path before finishing on the grass in front of the Visitor Centre.


There is ample car parking at the centre which currently costs £1.50 for an hour or £4.00 all day.

Regular runners at Rosliston are invited to take advantage of the Annual Parking Pass, available from the centre, which costs £35 for unlimited parking.

There are plenty of places to lock a bike.

Toilets and baby changing facilities are available adjacent to the café and in the main building.

The Hub Café is adjacent to the finish and will be open from 9:30am.

Getting There

Location of start

The start and finish are conveniently located near to the visitor centre and café.

Getting there by public transport

Train: The nearest train station to Rosliston is Burton on Trent, which is just over 4 miles away.

Bus: There are not currently any buses that arrive at Rosliston Forestry Centre before the 9am start.

Getting there on foot


Getting there by road

If using satnav, the postcode for Rosliston Forestry Centre is DE12 8JX. Brown tourist signs provide directions to the site from all main routes.

From Burton Town Centre: From Burton Town Centre follow signs for A444 Nuneaton, then at the St Peters Bridge roundabout head towards Rosliston on Main Street. Follow this road up the hill onto Rosliston Road. After approximately 1 mile, turn left onto Rosliston Road South, then continue for just under 2 miles. The Forestry Centre is on the left hand side.

From Lichfield: Follow the A38 North, exit at the A513 and head towards Tamworth. Immediately after the railway bridge, turn left and head towards Catton. After approximately 2 miles turn right on a left hand bend towards Rosliston. After 1.5 miles go straight over at the cross roads then continue for a further mile into Rosliston village. Turn left at the T-junction and follow the road for 2/3 of a mile. The Forestry Centre is on the right hand side.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in The Hub Café, located near the main buildings at the Forestry Centre - please come and join us!