Fontainebleau parkrun


Fontainebleau parkrun takes place round an ornamental lake on the edge of Fontainebleau Chateau, some 40 miles south east of Paris. The start/finish are in Avenue des Cascades, just in front of the Chateau.

Fontainebleau Chateau from the Start of parkrun
Fontainebleau Chateau from the Start/FInish


There are no facilities. There are toilets in the Chateau grounds, but these don’t open until 9.30. So, the nearest accessible toilets are in town in Rue Richelieu, which is about a kilometre away, so come prepared! There is no cafe nearby, but the organisers bring drinks and snacks to share with participants. There is free parking along Avenue des Cascades, but spots nearer the Chateau fill up early, so it may be necessary to park some way from the start.

Fontainebleau parkrun - the lake
Fontainebleau parkrun – the Lake


The course consists of two circuits of an ornamental lake; Le Grand Canal.

Fontainebleau Parkrun Strava Segment
Fontainebleau Parkrun Strava Segment


The terrain is compacted earth, with a gravel section parallel with Avenue des Cascade.

Fontainebleau Parkrun
Fontainebleau Parkrun


Fast and flat – only 16 metres of elevation. About as easy as running 5 km gets.

Fontainebleau Parkrun Finish Line
Fontainebleau Parkrun Finish Line

Fun Factor

Fontainebleau parkrun is tiny. The average number of finishers is just 15. The week we went, there were 13 runners (that’s my family plus 10). The locals were very welcoming. I had a lovely run, chatting with another British tourist all the way round. Plus, it’s a very pretty run round the lake with the Chateau in the background.

Fontainebleau Parkrun Group Photo
Fontainebleau Parkrun Group Photo

Author: Jane's Midlife Journey

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

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