This 10km run route takes you on a tour of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
While out running soak up the internationally acclaimed sculptures from the likes of Henry Moore and Damian Hirst. Visually this route offers something different each time you run it!
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 10.29km and an elevation gain of 293m.
The largest non-stop incline begins near the start of of the route, and has a distance of 760m and an elevation gain of 76m. You can see this on the above elevation chart in red.
The largest continual decline is 506m long with an elevation drop of 36m which starts in the first third of the route. This is shown on the chart as green.
One of the biggest reasons to run the Yorkshire Sculpture Park 10km is the unique outdoor art installations located along the route. The rotation of exhibitions is done to fit with the season, making this run a visual surprise each time.
Best Time To Run
The Yorkshire Sculpture Park looks beautiful throughout the seasons. If the run is a little bit more difficult under foot, the allure of viewing a new exhibition will make it worthwhile!
Start on Denby Dale and run right parallel to the River Dearne until you reach Brick Lane. From this point onwards prepare yourself for the biggest ascent between mile 1 and 2.
Run across Church Lane and head north onto Jebb Lane. Following this section you will run diagonally up to Oxley Bank Wood. Coming out on the right side of Bretton Lakes Nature Reserve.
From the edge of the lake run north to the blue car park. Once by the cars run back down to Bretton Lake and cross in the middle at the cut. Jog clockwise around the upper lake, past the Obelisk, and back to the start.
There’s a chance you could venture onto private land on this vast estate. Keep watch for the right of way signs to stay on course!
On a wet day the route passes by lake sections and these trails naturally get wet and slippy. To counter this take extra care with your stride along these sections.
The Yorkshire Sculpture Park 10km is located 7-miles outside of Wakefield. The park is a world leader in modern and contemporary sculpture; combining with the beauty and prestige of 18-th century Bretton Hall. This run is perfect for those wanting to adventure south of the Leeds border!
You will find public bins throughout the park. Accessible toilets can be found in three locations in the 500 acre site: the YSP Centre, The Weston and the Learning Centre Café.
Park for free – and avoid the parking charges – just off Wakefield Road on Litherop Lane (Google Map Directions) – the run starts halfway down this road.
Food and Drink
The YSP Centre has a family friendly café on the first floor. Pop in after your run for some hot and cold supplies including sandwiches, pastries, cakes and scones. All the food is freshly made using ingredients from local suppliers.