Great news for local and tourist parkrunners! The long awaited new car park is open at Wimpole Estate so the parking problems of recent months are a thing of the past.
The new car park has a hard asphalt surface with capacity of 700 car park spaces, so we no longer need to limit the number of parkrun visitors. Please come and join us at one of the most beautiful parkrun courses in the country and enjoy a coffee and a chat afterwards in the excellent cafeteria!
Although entrance to the estate is free of charge for parkrunners, if you are not a National Trust member or paying the normal estate entry fee then Wimpole Estate will charge £2 for car parking. Considering the marvelous new facilities this seems like a bargain! You can pay at the entrance or to an NT staff or volunteer member with a collecting bucket. Of course you can still come and do your parkrun absolutely free of charge but you will need to arrive without a car!
Note that there is a new road entrance to the estate slightly further south on the road approaching the estate. Do not try to enter by car using the old entrance as you cannot reach the car park from there.
Event start is 9am Saturday, but plan to arrive about half an hour before that to allow time to park and walk down to the start. Do check the Facebook page though as any last-minute event news will be posted there.
Don't forget to bring your parkrun barcode ! Aside from enabling us to record your time and position in the list of finishers for the day, your parkrun barcode will ensure that you can come into the estate without charge. To get a barcode visit the link below:
Entry to Wimpole Estate is now through a beautiful new entrance lobby on the way between the car park and the estate. You will have to pass through it on your way to the parkrun briefing and start area and if you don't have your barcode you will either need a National Trust membership card or you will have to pay the entrance fee to access the estate.
Please respect National Trust conditions of entry for parkrunners. As a special concession to parkrun, we are granted free entry to the estate on a Saturday morning specifically for parkrun. Once you have completed your run and after you've had your coffee & cakes in the cafeteria please leave the estate promptly unless you are planning to visit the estate for other reasons.
We look forward to welcoming you to parkrun at Wimpole Estate!
Oh and finally... how about joining the volunteers who help put on parkrun at Wimpole? It's a lot of fun and you'll make new friends working as part of a great team! To learn how visit this link: https://support.parkrun.com/hc/en-us/articles/200566453-How-do-I-volunteer-
-The Wimpole parkrun volunteers.