Our beginners running group warm up with an inspiring backdrop! © NT / Gibside

Our beginners running group warm up with an inspiring backdrop!

Get active at Gibside

You might be familiar with Gibside as a place for a gentle stroll, a cream tea or a bit of bird-watching, but did you know we're a great place to try out more active outdoor pursuits too?

We've teamed up with Sports England to offer you a range of exciting ways to get sporty at Gibside - from running and cycling to prambles, volley ball and much more...

Up and coming runs

19th Gibside Fruitbowl Trail Race - Sunday 18 October, 9.30am

This scenic six mile course is one lap taking you past Gibside's landmarks and through the wider estate. Like a challenge? Then this could be for you!

Running at Gibside

Cycling to Gibside


Tuesdays at 10am - 11am

Are you looking to get a little gentle exercise with your baby?

Book & join our 'pramblers' exploring Gibside on pushchair friendly routes and relax afterwards in our cafe for a coffee, cake and chat.

Please note this is only suitable for babies over 6 weeks old.

Discover orienteering

There's no better way to explore Gibside's lesser trodden paths and hidden highlights than by trying our orienteering challenge. Bring a compass, ask for our special orienteering map at visitor reception and search for the orienteering markers scattered across the estate.

Try archery

The Gibside Bows compete in an archery competition like in Georgian times

Long bow archery was one of 18th century aristocrats' favourite pastimes. Today we're rekindling this historic sport with a unique Gibside have-a-go kids archery game, which we roll out on selected dates every school holiday and a partnership with the Borders Archery Club for traditional long bow competitions several times each year.

Go fish!

Did you know that the once polluted river Derwent which flows along Gibside's boundary is now one of the North East's best wild trout rivers? The fishing rights are held by the Axwell Park & Derwent Valley Angling Association. They always welcome new members, both beginners and the more experienced, so why not get in touch to find out more?