Ashton Court Parkrun Guide

Introduction

I grew up in Bristol, so enjoy the occasional return visit for a trip down memory lane. Especially with a parkrun thrown in for good measure, on this occasion Ashton Court parkrun.

Ashton Court parkrun
Ashton Court parkrun

Orientation

Ashton Court Estate is on the outskirts of Bristol, just across the iconic Clifton Suspension bridge. We drove and parked on the estate. By public transport, Ashton Court can be reached from the city centre by bus (X3 or X4). Alternatively, if you have time, you can catch the 8 to Clifton and walk across the Suspension Bridge.

Parking

There is plenty or car parking available on the estate. At the Mansion House, Pay & Display costs £1 per hour.

Facilities

Ashton Court is a large (850 acre) estate with plenty to see and do. There is a café for your post run refreshments, which I remember fondly from weekend training sessions in my teens, when my coach used to sometimes bring us here on a Sunday to add some hills to our long runs.

Toilets

There are toilets next to the Mansion House car park.

Course

You basically run(?) up a hill and back down again. For us, the run started with by far the longest pre-course briefing I’ve ever attended, which consisted mainly of a very long poem. By the time it was over, I was losing the will to live. However, it was eventually time to set off. The first half is pretty much all uphill, so a hard slog, but with the reward of great views. The second half is all downhill, so much more fun.

Ashton Court Parkrun Strava Segment
Ashton Court Parkrun Strava Segment

Terrain

The run takes place on a combination of tarmac and gravel trails; the first/last kilometre or so is on tarmac, with the remainder on a trail. As it’s an out-and-back route, there were times when the number of runners coming in the opposite direction made it necessary to move onto the grass verge instead to avoid being trampled.

Ashton Court parkrun

Shoes

Most probably trainers.

Difficulty

Run Britain rankings for UK parkruns places Ashton Court as 584th fastest out of 706. It has a total elevation of 100 metres.

Fun Factor

I love Bristol, particularly the area around Clifton Downs and Ashton Court where I went to school many moons ago. So I enjoyed myself despite the hill, which was hard work, but the reward is a stunning view across my home town.

Author: Jane's Midlife Journey

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

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