Fareham parkrun takes place at 9 am on Saturdays at Cams Hall Estate, Fareham around 7 miles north west of Portsmouth. The run starts close to the Cams Mill Pub.
The start is just off Junction 11 of the M27. Take the A27 towards Fareham and the car park is on the right hand side of the first roundabout. By train, Cams Hall Estate is about 1.5 miles from Fareham Station. Buses no 3 and X4 stop near the start.
There is limited parking at the Cams Mill Pub. Organisers encourage participants to use Lysses Pay & Display Car Park. Parking charges here are 70p per hour. It is about a 5 minute walk to the start (follow the footpath towards the viaduct).
Toilets are available in the Cams Mill Pub. This comes with a request to take off muddy shoes before you enter the building. The pub also provides post run tea and coffee for £1. (Bring your own cup) in addition to the usual range of pub drinks.
The route starts behind the Cams Mill Pub and follows the Fareham Creek Trail for an out and back loop alongside various lakes on the edge of Portsmouth Harbour.
The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths, rough trail paths and grass.
It’s predominantly trail, but it’s fairly smooth and there’s also some tarmac. I wore trainers.
Run Britain rankings for UK parkruns places Fareham as 278th fastest out of 706. It has a total elevation of 11 metres.
I think this is one of the most picturesque parkruns I have run and I really enjoyed my Saturday morning saunter along the lakeside trail. The Cams Mill Pub is also a nice place for a post run drink and snack. The only down side was the narrowness of the trail in places, particularly an issue when faster runners are returning into the path of slower runners and taking no prisoners. There was also a lot of dog poo.
As already mentioned, the trail is rather picturesque with some beautiful harbour views. After our run (and refreshments/cake), we returned for a further saunter along the trail to enjoy the scenery at a more leisurely place.
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