The official Bramley parkrun is 3-laps of you running against the clock. This 5km run route is part path and field with a challenging incline that will test your legs. The route boasts some lovely views over neighbouring Kirkstall. If running the parkrun event on a Saturday, you will need to signup for free over at Bramley parkrun.
Wanting to find your way to the start of the route? Here is a link for a Google Maps Directions page.
This route has a distance of 1.9km and an elevation gain of 34m.
The largest non-stop incline begins near the start of of the route, and has a distance of 340m and an elevation gain of 15m. You can see this on the above elevation chart in red.
The largest continual decline is 160m long with an elevation drop of 14m which starts at the beginning of the route. This is shown on the chart as green.
At the field end of the route you can see back over Kirkstall Valley towards the city centre. This eye catching panorama has to be up there as one of the Bramley parkrun route highlights. If you run it on a parkrun day another highlight is the top encouragement you get from volunteers here!
Best Time To Run
As a significant part of the Bramley parkrun route is on grass we recommend you run this one during the warm summer months. It makes the run both smoother under foot and more pleasant!
This parkrun course is nice and simple. Starting halfway up the grass hill on the path you will run straight down towards the memorial statue. Running clockwise around the bottom of the park you will come up towards the sports pitches at the top end. This first section is the most challenging part of the route – the incline isn’t dramatic but it’s quite long. Be prepared for those legs to burn.
Run around the edge of the field at the top. Keep in mind that this is used for Rugby and Football so can be a little torn up and muddy. Following this you will take a right onto the path travelling parallel to the right hand side of the park. This next stretch is down hill – a great opportunity to pickup speed towards the end of the lap. Two more laps and you’re done!
One of the reasons to run parkrun on a Saturday is the community and sense of togetherness you get from joining in. Lots of runners go for a coffee after the event to chat and catch-up.
Bramley parkrun is home to the local running club the Bramley Breezers. You’ll spot lots of the Breezers volunteering and running at Bramley parkrun on a Saturday morning!
Although this is a fairly simple route be mindful that the grassy part of the route is on football and rugby pitches. This means it’s likely to turn into a bit of a mud fest after some prolonged rain – trail shoes at the ready!
Bramley Park is a community park managed by Leeds City Council. Backing onto Bramley Fall Woods, it is set on a hillside and has a great view of Leeds and the surrounding countryside.
Interesting fact: there is a reservoir that sits under Bramley Park and it holds 16 million litres of water.
The nearest toilets from the start-finish of the run are in the football changing rooms. These are only ever open on parkrun days. If you freedom run this you’ll need to head straight to the Old Unicorn – a couple of minutes jogging – for a reliable toilet break!
Food and Drink
There is a great place for a coffee and a bite to eat just around the corner at Bramley Cafe on Stanningley Road.