Burnley Parkrun Guide

Burnley parkrun takes place at 9 am on Saturdays at Towneley Park in the grounds of Towneley Hall. This former private estate was purchased by the council in 1902 and has been a public park ever since.

Welcome to Burnley
Welcome to Burnley

Getting There

Th park is situated approximately 2 miles south east of central Burnley and 3 miles south east of Junction 10 of the M65. The park is well signposted, follow the signs and head for the Riverside car park. By bus, No 3 from the town centre stops outside the Hall.

Parking

There are several car parks within the park, which are Pay & Display. Riverside car park has plenty of spaces and is close to both the toilets and the start. Parking costs £1.50 per day (note that the parking machines don’t give change). If you’re planning to come here regularly, then an annual pass can be purchased for £39.

Towneley Hall

Toilets

There are toilets adjacent to the car park.

Towneley Park

Course

The course is a bit fiddly. There’s a detailed description on the parkrun website. But as there are marshals, and it’s pretty certain to say I’m never going to be at the front without someone to follow, I don’t usually take a lot of notice of these things. It’s basically 2 x figure of 8 loops, but you stop short on the second loop.

Burnley Parkrun Strava Segment
Burnley Parkrun Strava Segment

Terrain

The course is a mixture of gravel trails and grass. When we went in December it was a bit of a mud fest.

Shoes

It can be a bit slippery in places, I wore trail shoes to help keep me upright on the grass (mud).

Burnley parkrun
Start of Burnley parkrun

Difficulty

Run Britain rankings for UK parkruns places Burnley as 357th fastest out of 706. It has a total elevation of 55 metres.

Fun Factor

It’s basically a run round a field. It was neither one of my favourites or one of my least favourites.

Burnley parkrun
Finish of Burnley parkrun

Where We Stayed

We stayed at The Oaks Hotel, around three miles from parkrun. It’s a nice enough hotel. Some of the décor is a little tired, but the windows are pretty special. The price includes a very good breakfast, so we were in a hurry to get back, warm up and fill ourselves with sausages.

The Oaks Hotel

Nearby Attractions

There is plenty to do at Towneley Hall, so it’s a run where I’d recommend factoring in a bit of extra time to look around.

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