Alnwick Castle provides a fabulous backdrop for both the start and finish of the Run Alnwick race series and combined with the stunning trails, fabulous views and the excellent facilities of The Alnwick Garden, this is a running event that may well be unrivalled.
Route guides and maps are available on the event page of each race.
Alnwick Castle has been the family home to the Percy family for over 700 years.
Often dubbed the ‘Windsor of the North’, it’s easy to see why this glorious medieval castle is often chosen as a film location for Hollywood blockbusters and countless numbers of TV productions, including Harry Potter & Robin Hood. There is much to see and do at Alnwick Castle with fantastic scenery and lots of history and exploring for the children. For further information please visit the Alnwick Castle website.
The Alnwick Garden
The Alnwick Garden was created from the desire of The Duchess of Northumberland to create a beautiful public garden for families to enjoy. The Garden is a vibrant place, with beautifully landscaped gardens and magnificent architecture. The centrepiece is the iconic Grand Cascade water feature, the largest of its kind in the country. Inviting pathways lead to the Rose Garden and Ornamental Garden, there’s the intriguing Poison Garden and also the Bamboo Labyrinth. The treetop restaurant is housed in one of the world’s largest treehouses complete with wobbly rope bridges and walkways in the sky. For more information on activities and events for all the family, please visit The Alnwick Garden website.
The race routes take competitors through Hulne Park on a wonderful journey along trails showcasing some of Northumberland finest scenery. However, 500 years ago this was a vast forest that was used for hunting. Hulne Park began its transformation into stunning parkland during the 18th century when the 1st Duke of Northumberland hired local lad and famous landscape gardener, Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. He pioneered a new fashion for landscape gardening by designing to imitate unspoilt nature. Capability Brown cleared and replanted the old medieval parks and even changing the course of the River Aln in the quest for landscape perfection. The panoramic views that you see from Alnwick Castle may look as if they have been here forever, but they were in fact meticulously designed to give an impression of being completely natural.