“A hidden beauty spot featuring three lakes in a lush green valley, Westmill is an exciting and varied course which provides that balance of challenge and enjoyment.”
March’s stop on the Dacorum & Tring AC road runners’ parkrun tour saw us visiting Westmill near Ware in Hertfordshire. A hidden beauty spot featuring three lakes in a lush green valley, Westmill is an exciting and varied course which provides that balance of challenge and enjoyment.
The course itself sweeps around the beautiful Westmill site for two laps running mainly on a mix of grass and grit trail (that can get muddy and puddle infested). Trail shoes are highly recommended if there’s been rain. There are rolling hills, stunning lakeside views, a hilly sprint finish and a field with an insane camber thrown into the mix too!
We arrived on a busier week for the course (60 or so participants), with another local club also on tour, yet overtaking was easy and the route not congested in the slightest. Buggy racing would be tough but very possible (especially in the summer) and the community of volunteers were extremely welcoming – including the mini marshalls.
Facilities wise: parking free for 40-50 cars right next to the start, overflow parking about 800m from the start near the restaurant; toilets next to the start; amazing food/drinks available from the restaurant afterwards back up by the shops.
Find out more about Westmill parkrun at parkrun.org.uk
PB – 26:06
Best Position – 21st
Times run – 1
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