Explore historic places on a run under the stars

Night Run at Nostell, Wakefield.

Head out as the sun sets over beautiful parkland or run past medieval ruins illuminated by moonlight. Going on a Night Run shows you a new side to the places you love.

Night Run, organised in partnership with Cotswold Outdoor, is a national programme of after-dark trail running events at the places we look after. 

Running after dark at the places we care for is special for a number of reasons, whether that’s listening to the sounds of the animals that like to come out at night, spotting an owl or admiring the beauty of landscaped gardens bathed in moonlight. 

Invigorate your senses 

For our gardener Sam Horsman, going on a Night Run at Fountains Abbey is a magical experience that heightens the senses.

‘At dusk or night time, you feel more connected to the place and where you’re at,’ he says. ‘Your senses are different – you pick out things that you wouldn’t normally pick out in the light. You hear things more and it becomes a different place.’

Mimi Rousell from the Active Outdoors team at the National Trust says going on a Night Run is a great way of enjoying the outdoors during the autumn and winter months. 

She says: ‘You’ll feel the wind on your face and hear the animals that like to come out at night. Seeing hundreds of runners light up the pathways with their torches also makes the experience extra special.’ 

Socialise and have fun

Whether you’re new to running, a seasoned trail runner or a family looking for an adventure, going on a Night Run is fun and exciting. It’s a great way to meet new people and socialise with friends. 

Mike Hamilton, at Cotswold Outdoor, says: ‘There’s always a great atmosphere, whether you go on your own and meet likeminded people or run alongside a group of friends.’

‘No one talks about personal bests but instead what amazing places they’ve run at or what they will do next,’ adds Matt Withey from the central operations team at Cotswold Outdoor.


Running under the stars at Fountains Abbey

With its illuminated archways and atmospheric ruins, Fountains Abbey is a magical place to go running after dark. Going on a Night Run awakens the senses and allows you to connect with a place you love in a new way. Our gardener Sam Horsman reveals what it’s like running in the footsteps of medieval monks.

" Starting your run at sunset with the sounds of nature flowing around you is really special."
- Mike Hamilton, ICT engineer, Cotswold Outdoor

Routes for little and long legs

Choose the Explorer route (1-4km) or the Adventurer route (5-9km). Both routes are totally traffic-free, mostly on paths and trails and are open to runners and walkers. If you're new to running or looking to go on a family adventure the Explorer route could be just the ticket. The Adventurer route will put you through your paces if you're a seasoned runner, but is also fun if you want to take your time. Don't forget to bring a head torch. 

Hundreds of people come yearly to take part in Nostell Night Run near Wakefield.

Join us for a Night Run

From the illuminated archways of Fountains Abbey in North Yorkshire to acres of parkland at the Blickling Estate in Norfolk, explore unforgettable locations that you'd never normally see under the cover of darkness.

Group of runners with head torches

What to expect on a Night Run 

Find out everything you need to know about taking part in a Night Run. These handy FAQs cover everything from head torches to safety rules.

Our recommended outdoor retail partner

As supporters of the National Trust, night runners receive a 15 per cent discount at Cotswold Outdoor in store and online.*

*Full T&Cs apply. This is not to be used in conjunction with any other offer or discount. Selected lines are exempt. This offer is redeemable on production of your Night Run race number in-store.

Alternatively, members and supporters can email partners@cotswoldoutdoor.com to receive a discount code to use online or in-store.

Offer expires 31/12/20