Near: Swanley Lat,Lng: 51.40305,0.17572 Postcode: BR8 7YL What3Words: ///city.timing.stole
Directions / Parking
The Birches car park is less than 100m from the start/finish. Parking is £1 for up to 2 hours and £3 for all day. The car park uses the Automatic Number Plate Recognition system for checking vehicles and is operated using the Phone and Pay system (no coins). It is easiest to register your car and credit card details on the Phone and Pay website at home. It is then quick at the car park to buy the time you need. The car park code is 4871.
If you forget to do this, you can register by mobile phone at the car park but there are a lot of things to enter and check so allow up to 10 minutes to complete the whole process including buying the parking you need.
If this proves too tortuous, you may get lucky parking for free on a nearby street.
Start and Finish in Swanley Park near the Birches car park. Swanley Park is a largely undiscovered lovely area with a beautiful avenue of lime trees, toilets, outdoor cafe, lido, motor boats and a miniature steam railway covering an extensive area.
There is a score course with controls in the park and the surrounding streets, and a line course (suitable for juniors and families) with controls entirely within the park.
MapRun directory path
Score course, 60min, controls
Line course, 3.0km,14 controls
The line course crosses a narrow road with infrequent and generally slow moving traffic just north of the lido. Take particular care crossing this road. This takes you into a lovely area with an avenue of lime trees. The route back into the main part of the park is the same route you will take to access this area i.e. you return almost to control 10 before heading west. This is because the path adjacent to the cafe can be very busy and where it is difficult to apply social distancing when moving at speed, hence it is marked as out of bounds in fairness to all competitors.