Fontainebleau parkrun guide

Fontainebleau parkrun usually takes place on Saturday at 9 am round an ornamental lake on the edge of Fontainebleau Chateau, some 40 miles south of Paris.

Note: Parkrun in France is currently suspended due to legal issues around the need for medical certificates to participate in sporting activities – hopefully this will be resolved soon…

Getting There

The start/finish are in Avenue des Cascades, just in front of the Chateau, which a 500 metres from the town of Fontainebleau. From Paris, take the A5b/D606. There is a train from Paris to Avon Fontainebleau Station, which is about 1.5 miles from the start.

Fontainebleau Chateau from the start of parkrun
Fontainebleau Chateau from the start of parkrun


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.


There are no facilities. There are toilets in the Chateau grounds, but these don’t open until 9.30. So, the nearest accessible pre run toilets are in town in Rue Richelieu, which is about a kilometre away, so come prepared!

Fontainebleau parkrun - Le Grand Canal
Fontainebleau parkrun – Le Grand Canal


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 Cascades.

Fontainebleau Parkrun
Fontainebleau Parkrun


It’s all on gravel, probably trainers.


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 16. 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

Where We Stayed

We stayed in a self contained annex in the picturesque village of Bourron-Marlotte, around 5 miles from Fontainebleau, details can be seen here.

Annex, Rue Parmentier

Nearby Attractions

Fontainebleau Chateau, former residence of Napoleon is a beautiful chateau with a rich history and wonderful grounds. Definitely a place to enjoy exploring. For more about our visit to Fontainebleau, click here.

Chateau de Fontainebleau
Chateau de Fontainebleau

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