Rothwell 5km

5km run starting and finishing in Rothwell. Run through neighbouring villages across what was once the Rhubarb Triangle.


Elevation gain:78m

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Rothwell’s very own version of the rhubarb triangle run.

This 5-kilometre jog takes in all the small towns and villages in what was once the worlds rhubarb triangle. The route has a perfectly balanced ascent and descent ratio.

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 5.06km and an elevation gain of 78m.

The largest non-stop incline begins in the first third of of the route, and has a distance of 609m and an elevation gain of 18m. You can see this on the above elevation chart in red.

The largest continual decline is 308m long with an elevation drop of 18m which starts in the second third of the route. This is shown on the chart as green.

Route Highlights

The perfectly balanced ups and downs on this run makes it a pretty level running field, and this is one of the biggest strengths of the run. You will gain as much as you lose in feet which is just reward for completing the Rothwell 5km.

Best Time To Run

This route is fully open to the elements and historically there was quite a bit of rain in the Rhubarb Triangle. Be prepared for a wet one if you're going to run the Rothwell 5km.

Route Description

Start on Fairfield Lane and at the end of the road take a left onto Hopefield Drive. Run down to where the ginnel runs horizontal and veer left again onto this path. Head to the A61 Leeds Road and take a left onto this A-road.

Run down the A61 mindfully running the road crossings as you go – it’s a decent straight here so don’t be afraid to pick up some speed and cover some ground! Keep on going through the Robin Hood junction all the way to the Long Thorpe Lane Junction. Take a left onto Long Thorpe and another left up Cemetery Lane.

It’s a bendy green road all the way up to Town Street in Carlton. Veer left onto Westfield and run all the way back to Rothwell. At Hopefield Drive take a right until you hit the finish on Fairfield Lane.


Most of this run takes in the busy A-roads around Rothwell. When running take it easy and run with a safety conscious mind by observing the traffic signals around you.


Rothwell is a town in the outer southern-eastern suburbs of the City of Leeds district. It’s actually the halfway point between Leeds and Wakefield.


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Public bins are found on this route. The nearest toilet to the start of the run can be found at the Angel Inn on Leeds Road.


Park for free on the residential road of Fairfield Lane, postcode: LS26 0GD (Google Map Directions)– the run starts here!


Food and Drink

Check out the Angel Inn on Wakefield Road for a drink and a bite to eat after your run. It’s chilled comfort food at its best served by attentive and friendly staff.

Other Running Routes Nearby

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