The Course

The course is 5000m (5k) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is at Nostell Priory, near Wakefield. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac 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

Nostell 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.
  • 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 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 Nostell 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 2 lap undulating course, starting 150m down the footpath adjacent to the Stables and Courtyard leading to the car park (approx. 5 min walk from car park).
From the Start, follow the path up to the House and down the hill towards the lake. Turn left into the Wooded Copse and then right onto the Copse unmade road. Turn left onto the Obelisk path and pass through the Obelisk Gate. Three quarters of the way up the Obelisk Path, make a U turn, then make your way back through the Obelisk Gate, and all the way up the hill to just before the House.
Turn right turn into the Old Car Park Loop and back onto the downhill path towards the lake. Repeat the lap round the Wooded Copse, onto the Copse unmade road, up the Obelisk path, through the Obelisk Gate, three quarters of the way up the Obelisk Path, U turn, back through the Obelisk Gate and all the way up the hill.
The finish is at the right hand side of the House and is about 150m away from the Stable block and courtyard where you can find toilets and the café.


  • Car parking is free if you place a spare barcode in windscreen, otherwise £4.00
  • Toilets in courtyard
  • Café in courtyard is open from 10am
  • Bags etc transported to finish area

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts 150m down the footpath adjacent to the Stables and Courtyard leading to car park (approx. 5 min walk from car park).

Getting there by public transport

Use services 485 and 496 from Wakefield to Doncaster for buses, and trains available to Fitzwilliam - about 2 miles away then bus 223/cycle from there. Bus stop outside main entrance to parkland.

Getting there on foot

Use pedestrian entrance on the A63. Cycles can use this entrance too or main vehicular entrance.

Getting there by road

The Priory is on A638 towards Doncaster. It is well signposted (brown signs) when travelling from all directions.
Sat-Nav: use WF4 1QE

Ample Car parking. The usual car park fee of £4.00 is waived for those displaying a spare parkrun barcode (for the period of the run and a post-race visit to the café).

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Stables Team Room and Café - please come and join us!