This 10km road and trail run around Bramham invites you to enjoy the scenic views of the Yorkshire countryside.
The A1 side starts off lively but before you know it you’re away from the hustle and bustle of the road. Seamlessly gliding across farmland and up country lanes. Get ready for a testing hill right at the end!
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 10.11km and an elevation gain of 159m.
The largest non-stop incline begins in the last kilometre of of the route, and has a distance of 336m and an elevation gain of 28m. You can see this on the above elevation chart in red.
The largest continual decline is 458m long with an elevation drop of 26m which starts in the second third of the route. This is shown on the chart as green.
One of the best highlights of running the Race Bramham 10km route is the beauty of the scenery. The run takes in idyllic Yorkshire villages, farm and woodland. The changes are subtle yet attractive.
Best Time To Run
The best time to run the Race Bramham 10km is in the summer months when the country paths and trails are firmer under-foot. If you choose to run this one in the winter months, bring a pair of good trail shoes!
On leaving the park via Aberford Road you will turn left onto Paradise Way – follow this all the way down to the trail turning left onto Spen Common Lane.
The Common Lane is a delightful long stretch farm track that has hedgerows adorning either side of it, at this point you can see far into the distance – an opportunity to settle into a rhythm.
After a farm Spen Lane turns into Warren Lane where the gradient is dialled up. Climb this section and carefully cross Toulston Lane onto the public trail. At this point the road gives way to a trail that carves through farmland and beck watercourses. Here the run gets the most technical with narrowed and rocky trails commanding more patience and concentration.
Once you reach Oglethorpe Farm the route swings left back towards Bramham via Heygate Lane. You will wind around All Saints Church before re-joining the Wetherby Road. A left will take you onto the short and sharp punishing Almshouse Hill before returning to the greenery of the park and the finish line.
Watch the peppering of large stones and rocks on the first (and only thing close) to a technical trail after Toulston Lane. It’s easy to roll an ankle on terrain like this when you’re not running with full concentration.
Bramham is a tiny village near Wetherby halfway between Leeds and York. It is home to the Leeds Festival which takes place a couple of miles away from the village in Bramham Park every August bank holiday.
Toilets are located in the community facility next to the start-finish point of the Bramham 10k run route. If these are shut we recommend heading 10-minutes up the road to the Albion pub in neighbouring Clifford.
The Race Bramham 10k route is easily accessible via the A1 (M). Free parking can be found on Freely Lane (Postcode LS23 6RR) next to the route start and finish points. (Google Map Directions)
Food and Drink
With no pubs or cafes open in Bramham the closest place to head to after your run is just up the road in Clifford. We recommend you pop into the Albion pub in Clifford. It’s a friendly atmosphere and the grub is sold at a reasonable price too.