Wetherby parkrun 5km

Official 5km parkrun course on a sports playing field next to the River Wharfe.


Elevation gain:21m

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This parkrun course is 3-laps around the Wetherby sports fields next to the River Wharfe. This route is the most northern parkrun in the metropolitan borough of Leeds.

If you’re running the official parkrun event on a Saturday don’t forget to register online for your free barcode before you run.

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 1.77km and an elevation gain of 21m.

The largest non-stop incline begins in the second third of of the route, and has a distance of 174m and an elevation gain of 5m. You can see this on the above elevation chart in red.

The largest continual decline is 46m long with an elevation drop of 4m which starts at the beginning of the route. This is shown on the chart as green.

Route Highlights

A big highlight of the Wetherby parkrun 5km is running next to the River Wharfe. The playing fields, where the route is located, is directly next to the scheduled monument and Grade II-listed Wetherby bridge. The river and bridge make the setting spectacular!

Best Time To Run

Due to the run being entirely on grass we recommend that you run the Wetherby parkrun 5km in good weather. That's unless you love a bit of off-road running in your trail shoes!

Route Description

The route starts to the left of the sports centre and runs clockwise around the edge of the field. Keep the hedgerow close to your left hand-side. Soon you will be taking a gradual turn right and running alongside the River Wharfe.

Run until you hit the wooden fence and take a sharp right until you meet an opening in the fence a short distance in. Go through the gap and turn left back onto the edge of the river. Follow the river curving around the top end of the sports field.

As you run back towards the sports centre you will take a right into the centre of the playing fields. Stay between the three football pitches and the rugby pitch. You will take a left at the edge of the most central and largest football pitch. Run down until you are in line with the car park and take a left bending around back towards the start.

That’s one lap! Now run two more to finish your official Wetherby parkrun 5km.


GPs regularly prescribe parkrun to patients as a treatment for a range of health issues. It has helped their patients with anxiety, depression, heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. Running and community events like parkrun are positively life changing.



With the River Wharfe running around a big chunk of this route it might be worth keeping an eye on the water levels. If the river breaks its banks then the route could get pretty boggy.


This route is located on the edge of the market town of Wetherby, 12-miles north of Leeds city centre. Wetherby has been rated as one of the best places to live according to the Times newspaper.


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Toilets are located next to the start of the run at Wetherby Leisure Centre (Google Map Directions)


Parking is free and aplenty in the car park at Wetherby Leisure Centre. Postcode LS22 5FN (Google Map Directions) – the start of the run is directly adjacent to the car park.

Food and Drink

There’s lots of options to grab a drink and a bite to eat after the run in Wetherby. Simply cross the River Wharfe on the A661 and choose from one of the cafes and restaurants. One of our picks is the Cottage Coffee Shop just above the River Wharfe picnic area. The service and food are top quality and the views over the River Wharfe are unrivalled.

Other Running Routes Nearby

Looking for other routes near Wetherby parkrun 5km? Here are three just around the corner.