Banstead Woods Parkrun Guide

Introduction

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.

Orientation

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.

Banstead Woods
Banstead Woods

Parking

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.

Facilities

Nothing really. There are shops etc at Banstead Village 1.5 miles away.

Banstead Woods
Banstead Woods

Toilets

No. It’s a case of go before you arrive or do like a bear.

Course

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.

Banstead Woods Parkrun Strava Segment
Banstead Woods Parkrun Strava Segment

Terrain

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.

Shoes

Trail shoes on a good day. Possibly flippers.

Difficulty

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.

Fun Factor

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.

Banstead Woods Bluebells
Banstead Woods Bluebells

Author: Jane's Midlife Journey

Stopped work, started travelling. Sometimes I run - combining the two with some parkrun tourism.

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