I’ve run Banstead Woods parkrun several times; usually on New Year’s Day when I’ve been a little the worse for wear. Hence a distinct lack of photos. But it is a pretty run through woodlands. Particularly scenic in spring when there are bluebells in abundance.
Banstead Woods, on the edge of Banstead in Surrey, are just 17 miles from the centre of London and easily accessible by car. Turn off the A217 in Banstead and follow Holly Lane for about 1.5 miles. Not the easiest place to reach by public transport, but there is a station about a mile away at Chipstead.
There is a small car park at Park Farm (scout camp) in Holly Lane, which fills up quickly. There is another larger car park in Holly Lane, a little further from the start.
No. It’s a case of go before you arrive or do like a bear.
The course is not quite two laps of an undulating trail through the woods. You start part way up a hill and finish at the bottom of the same hill, so almost two laps but only one and a bit hills.
The run takes place on compacted mud in the woods. If it rains, the trails get wet and the shade from the trees means they don’t dry out for millennia.
Trail shoes on a good day. Possibly flippers.
Run Britain rankings for UK parkruns places Banstead Woods as 86th fastest out of 706. I find that hard to believe, it feels harder – that might be because I usually run it hungover? It has a total elevation of 51 metres.
Banstead Woods is a well established parkrun, having started 15 years ago and with over 700 events to date. The woods are very pretty, but the trails can be wet and slippery.
In summer, Mayfield Lavender Farm is an interesting place to visit. Banstead is also close to Epsom Downs and Epsom Racecourse, a nice place to spend some time.
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