What’s the Crystal Palace Park Cross Country and Discovery Trail all about?
Funded by the Crystal Palace Park Community Projects Fund [London Borough of Bromley], and organised jointly by Crystal Palace Athletics Association and Crystal Palace Fun Runners, the Cross Country and Discovery Trail is a permanent trail aimed at promoting running, jogging, and walking in Crystal Palace Park London.
Where does the Crystal Palace Park Cross Country and Discovery Trail start?
The trail starts from the mid Italian Terrace in the north of the park, with the start position identifiable by the course map board.
Try one of two distances
Meandering along tarmac, grass, and woodland paths largely along the upper part of the park, both routes can be ran, jogged or walked, and are suitable for all abilities of runner, jogger, and walker [Not suitable for wheelchair users]. From the Italian Terrace the routes take a downhill course on a mix of tarmac and grass paths before dipping down through the woodland to the east side of the National Sports Centre. Exiting the woodland, the routes start uphill to the east of the Fisherman’s Lake before taking to the woodland path that hugs the inside of Crystal Palace Park Road. Finally exiting over the wooden bridge, followed by a sharp left, and a steep downhill and flat back onto the Italian Terrace.
A short route of 2.65km offering a slightly more challenging option. In addition to the Route 2 course, Route 1 adds an extra 850m along the upper Italian Terrace.
Totals 1.80km and while still a challenge is suited better to those just starting out running and jogging. Both routes can be ran, jogged, or walked as single or multiple lap/s.
What do the routes look like?
Individual times can be tracked on Strava. By running, jogging, or walking the route according to the map, times will appear as either ‘Crystal Palace Cross Country and Discovery Trail – Route 1’ or ‘Crystal Palace Cross Country and Discovery Trail – Route 2’ segments.