"Deep in the heart of Northumberland you can experience a night sky which is out of this world”

The Kielder night trail run is open to all abilities of runners. You will be tackling some of the amazing trails that Kielder Forest has to offer including single track, open forest tracks and even a 'bit' of mud! All runners must run with a head torch and suitable trail shoes. Kielder's weather climate in January will add to the fun! You will either be running in snow, rain or if your lucky a lovely crisp evening under the stars in the dark skies of Kielder.

"Absolutely fantastic loved every slippy, muddy, dark minute off it with the added bonus of coming forth woman thank you very much for this fab race" Ali Kidger


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“Northumberland International Dark Sky Park is England’s first Dark Sky Park and the largest expanse of dark night sky in the whole of Europe, thanks to minimal light pollution” (Source: Visit Kielder).

According to the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE), the star-studded skies above Kielder Water & Forest Park are the darkest in England.

The best time for viewing is during the winter months, when the nights are darkest. Combine this with an awesome trail running route on a great mixture of forest trails then what further incentive do you need to pack your head torch, some warm winter gear & experience this amazing night run set in the beautiful confines of Kielder Forest.


Date: Saturday 4th January, 2020     Distance: 10km   Entry Fee: £25   Time Limit: 2:30hrs


Start Time: 1700       Registration: 1500-1630.   Event numbers will be issued at registration. Event briefing notes will be available on Wednesday 2nd January.  


 Venue:  The event is to be based at Kielder Castle Visitor Centre, Kielder, Northumberland, NE48 1ER. This is ideal for families & supporters.



10k Course: Starting from Kielder Castle, formerly the hunting lodge for the Duke of Northumberland, the route initially follows the 'Duke's Trail' for the first few miles on a mixture of surfaced roads & forest paths before returning through the grounds of the Castle.

Then it’s back out, past the Minotaur Maze picking up the trail through Viaduct Wood along the banks of the River North Tyne. This leads onto a loop which initially crosses underneath then across the historical Kielder Viaduct. The route then follows the course of the old railway line alongside Bakethin Nature Reserve, leading onto a section of the Lakeside way multi-user trail to reach Bakethin Weir.

The route now follows the forest road leading up a steady climb past Devil's Lapful to reach the junction at Castle Hill. This is followed by an exhilarating single track descent to reach ‘The Duchess Trail’ running alongside Kielder Burn. Cross the old pack horse bridge returning back to Kielder Castle to a well deserved finish.

Total Ascent: 205 meters

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