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Fit enough? for fell-running in the Park


Haltwhistle Challenge in Northumberland National park by Deve Photography

Runners take on the Haltwhistle Challenge. Photo by Deve Photography.

Nothing beats a good run in great countryside! Leave the gym treadmill behind and give your body a real workout in our hills and valleys.


Half marathons, marathons and ultra marathons are staged in the Park. Some include:

What is fell running?

It is a specialised type of long-distance running over rough and rugged terrain. No roads here. Instead, runners cross moorland, rocky paths and steep hillsides at an astonishing pace. It originated many centuries ago, as a quick way to get across difficult terrain.

Fell running races

You can run independently, but the real thrill lies in pitting yourself against the best. Races are held throughout the year on various routes. Distances vary between three and 20 miles.

Fell running races are friendly, small events. Visiting runners are made very welcome. Many of the races are linked to traditional local agricultural shows, which make a great day out for all the family.

The Chevy Chase

This classic fell race takes place on the first Saturday in July. At 20 miles, it is one of the longest in Northumberland. It starts and finishes in Wooler, taking into the summits of The Cheviot and Hedgehope Hill. It is named after an old Border ballad.

Click here for The Chevy Chase website.

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Planning in the National Park

Northumberland National Park Authority is the statutory Planning Authority for the area of the Northumberland National Park. View our planning pages here.