Poole parkrun guide

Celebrating its 500th run in 2022, Poole parkrun takes place at 9 am on Saturdays in Poole Park, on the outskirts of Poole.

Poole parkrun
Poole parkrun

Getting There

Poole Park is to the east of Poole, just off the A35. The park is approximately a 10 minute walk from the train and bus stations. The start on a grass area in the north west corner of the park.


Although there is a car park in Poole Park, there is no vehicular access to the park before 10 am. Limited car parking (mostly pay & display) is available on nearby roads. I find it easier to park in the Dolphin Leisure Centre car park, which is just opposite the park, close to the start. Here, parking costs £1 per hour.

Poole parkrun
Poole parkrun


There is a toilet block near the start and there are also toilets at the cricket pavilion. The cricket pavilion acts as race HQ, but since Covid, the start/finish lines have been moved away from this area in order to help with spacing people out a bit more.

Christmas Day Poole parkrun
Cricket pavilion on Christmas day


Starting near the lake, the route consists of a lap of the cricket pitch, a lap of the lake and a final lap of the cricket field, before a long straight finish along the cycle path.

Poole parkrun Strava
Poole parkrun Strava


Poole is a good place to go if you’re looking for a fast time as it is very flat and mostly paved. There is a short gravel section towards the far end of the lake. The edge of the lake is slightly slanted and can sometimes accumulate bird poo from the resident geese and swans. If’ like me, you’re accident prone, I would advise not running too near the edge!

Poole parkrun
Poole parkrun – running round the lake




Run Britain Rankings for UK parkruns place Poole as the 49th fastest out of a total of 706. The Course has a total elevation of 8 metres.

Poole parkrun finish
Poole parkrun – finish line

Fun Factor

Poole Park parkrun is a flat and scenic route through the landscaped park and round the lake. A good route to choose if you’re chasing a 5 km PB or enjoy bird spotting.

Poole parkrun
Family outing to Poole parkrun

Nearby Attractions

Poole Harbour is one of the largest natural harbours in the world. There is plenty to do in the surrounding area with beaches, boat trips, Brownsea Island, a quay lined with restaurants and bars, museums, a theatre… To find out more about things to do in Poole, check out my blog on 100 Things To Do in (and around) Bournemouth.

Poole Harbour Sunset Cruise
Poole Harbour Sunset Cruise

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