It had the feeling of another recent addition to the parkrun family, Kingsbury Water parkrun, in that it's in a rural setting, not too far from civilisation! Kingsbury Water parkrun is relatively flat, but Cuerden Valley does not make that mistake, opting for a tough, hilly and really enjoyable route on mixed terrain. It'll definitely be one for trail shoes as the weather gets wetter. Garmin Connect reckoned on a total ascent of 89m over the 5km but I wouldn't be surprised if this is a conservative estimate, with this elevation profile (from 49m to 80m):
|Lowest elevation 49m, highest 80m, total ascent 89m.|
You can see my run at Garmin Connect and read Cuerden Valley parkrun's route description at their site - essentially, there's a run in, followed by two figure of eights and an uphill struggle to the finish line, which isn't quite where the start line was.
However, I wanted to show you the route as it's a really pretty one! A few days after the I ran it therefore, I went back, camera in hand. Without the excellent marshals around, it was harder to find my way around, but I got it right in the end.
Come with me, then, on a journey through time and space. Or around Cuerden Valley's beautiful parkrun. The distances I've given are very approximate and please note you can see larger versions of all the images by clicking on them.
You can skip between each section following the nav links you'll see every so often:
coming to cross in the path where you'll want to turn left.
you're surrounded by beautiful, Lancashire countryside!
with a distinct change in terrain. This is where your trail shoes will come in handy!
to take these photos, the sunshine really highlights the beauty of
the place and there's something special about dappled sunlight
on the woodland floor.
into the path of oncoming parkrunners, so do take care here.
diverges from flatness! You need to keep left, heading up into the trees.
to your left. After the little picnic area on your left, you'll need to turn right.
Have a glance to the left though. Scenery awaits.
when you ran round it for the first time. On your second run round,
take this left, over a different bridge.
The finish line, straight ahead of you!
Your work here is done.
You've done it.
More or less.