Brockenhurst parkrun

One of the most scenic parkruns we’ve done is Brockenhurst parkrun. During the winter months, the event takes place at Wilverley Inclosure in the New Forest National Park.

New Forest ponies at dawn
New Forest at day break

Orientation

The start/finish are just inside the entrance (Kissing Gate) to the Inclosure adjacent to Wilverley Plain car park, between Burley and Brockenhurst. This is realistically an event you need to drive to as it’s rather remote and 3 miles from the nearest station.

New Forest
New Forest

Facilities

There is a free car park, with a toilet block adjacent to the Inclosure. You’ll probably meet a New Forest pony or two in and around the car park.

New Forest Pony on Wilverley Plain
New Forest Pony on Wilverley Plain

Course

The course is pretty much one lap of Wilverley Inclosure, so a nice simple route. All the more opportunity to enjoy the beautiful forest scenery.

Brockenhurst parkrun Strava Segment
Brockenhurst parkrun Strava Segment

Terrain

The event takes place on a well maintained gravel trail through the forest.

Start of Brockenhurst parkrun
Start of Brockenhurst parkrun

Difficulty

Run Britain Rankings for UK parkruns place Brockenhurst as the 446th fastest out of a total of 706. There are two slight hills, bringing the total elevation to 52 metres.

End of Brockenhurst Parkrun
End of Brockenhurst Parkrun

Fun Factor

I love this run. From the spectacular dawn drive across the New Forest as the mist hovers above the ground. To the ponies breakfasting on the plain as you arrive at the start. To the run itself in the forested inclosure. It’s definitely one to factor in some extra time taking in the beauty of the forest before finally heading off in search of breakfast…

End of Brockenhurst parkrun
End of Brockenhurst parkrun

Note that the Forestry Commission permit does not cover the whole year. In the summer, Brockenhurst parkrun moves to become laps of the somewhat less scenic playing fields at Brockenhurst College. It returns to the forest at the beginning of September.

Author: Jane's Midlife Journey

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

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