Join us for a Night Run

Runnners at night at Saltram, Devon

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 along moonlit trails through ancient parkland, woodland and gardens is an exciting way of keeping active during the autumn and winter.

Going on a Night Run is memorable for many reasons. You'll run past mysterious manor houses bathed in moonlight and follow tree-lined pathways through Georgian landscaped gardens. You might even catch a glimpse of an owl or a bat. 

Night Run events are all about having fun, being social and exploring the places you love as darkness falls. It doesn't matter how fast you are as it's all about enjoying the countryside and getting some fresh air. 

From October 2018 to March 2019, Night Runs will be taking place at a number of National Trust places.

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.

Find a run near you

Night Runs are taking place at a number different locations until March 2019. From moonlit trails with views over the River Mersey in Liverpool to the stomping grounds of red deer in Cheshire, our Night Runs will take you to unforgettable locations that you'd never normally see under the cover of darkness.

Here are the last events of the season:


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.

Help us protect precious landscapes

Night Run events help us to support essential ongoing conservation work. Your entry fee will help keep the land you run on special, and make sure our rangers can keep looking after the animals and plants that flourish there. Everyone taking part in a 2018-19 Night Run event will also receive a wooden oak leaf medal as a sign of our appreciation.

Win Cotswold Outdoor vouchers

Fill out the feedback form at the end of your run and be in with a chance of winning vouchers worth £100 to spend at Cotswold Outdoor. The winner will be picked out of a hat the day after each event.

As supporters of the National Trust, night runners also 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 National Trust membership card in-store. Alternatively members and supporters can email to receive a discount code to use online or in-store. Offer expires 31/12/19.


See how they run

Get a taste of what it's like being on a Night Run. Watch the excitement build as runners explore the majestic grounds of Tyntesfield in North Somerset. (Tyntesfield is not part of the 2018-19 Night Run events)