Fell Running Fun

“Going for a run” is immeasurably more exhilarating when mountains and forests are your backdrop. Drawn by fell running’s wild side, people are increasingly migrating from the road to the trail, looking to get beyond the “normality” of running a marathon or a 10k.

Fell running is, perhaps, emblematic of a certain British type of fun. The very name comes from the fact that the sport originated in the “fells” of Northern England, and it is often characterised by a wet, muddy, exhausting day. But, really, fell running is just a particular form of a very human thing; the desire to get out there and put one foot in front of the other, trying to get up the hill a little faster than the person next to you. It turns out that human beings are pretty good at it too. Just this year, a fell runner beat a horse over a 22 mile course through the Welsh hills, in the annual “man vs. horse race.”

This Saturday a key fixture of the British fell running circuit is taking place in our home county of Northumberland. The Chevvy Chase and takes runners over 20 miles of the Cheviot hills. It’s been an annual event for over 65 years now and has grown in popularity to draw in runners from all over – and sometimes beyond – Britain.

Some of our original Wild With Consent sites are in the Cheviots, and it remains a place dear to our hearts. Any time we get a free afternoon we head up that direction, for whatever fun may be on offer that day – anything from sledging to wild swimming, depending on the time of year. Several of our sites offer the perfect spot to stay for those who are starting the race.

And because we work closely with the landowners who own our sites, if you stay at Wild With Consent sites, you’ll often have access to lots of trails less trodden. Ask your host for a few tips about particularly nice spots for a run, off the beaten track.

But getting off-road doesn’t need to be defined by cross-country or fell races. Just pulling on a pair of trainers and heading out into the unknown for a walk or a run is a great way to experience our beautiful moors, mountains, forests and fields.

Check out our selection of sites that might be just what you’re after for a weekend on the trail.

Lanton

At the foothills of the Cheviots, this is the perfect gateway to the mountains.

Scotchcoulthard Farm

Sited on the edge of Wark Forest near Hadrian’s Wall, this is a perfect base for forest trail adventures.

Adambottom Farm

Explore the rolling hills of the Yorkshire Dales and routes along the lovely River Ure.

Owl Barn

Head across to the Cotswold Way for a unique experience of this beautiful section of countryside.

Grace Fell

Hi, I'm Grace, founder of Wild With Consent! I love getting out into the great outdoors at every possible opportunity, and am passionate about helping more people explore our great countryside. I think Northumberland has some of the best natural beauty in the country - but I'm biased having grown up there!

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Three good reasons to Holiday at Home this year

I founded Wild With Consent during the COVID-19 pandemic. Lots of people thought that was totally bonkers.

But the pandemic highlighted so many great things we have on our doorsteps, and encouraged people to explore more locally. While we are no longer forced to have staycations, I think there are so many great reasons to stay local for this year’s summer holiday. 

Our beautiful countryside contains so many hidden gems just waiting to be explored – from the white sandy beaches on the west coast of Scotland to majestic waterfalls in the Welsh hills, we don’t have to travel far to experience natural beauty.  And what better way to explore the countryside than in a campervan? Stay at one of our sites in our August special offer to really connect with the nature around you.

If you’re not already convinced, here are a few extra things that might encourage you to have a staycation this year…

UK holidays are more sustainable

This one is important to us here at Wild With Consent. We’re firm believers that it should be possible to enjoy the wild without damaging it. Any time you jump on a plane, you are signing up to emit a whole lot of carbon. Flying from London to Malaga will add about 400kg of Carbon to your Carbon Footprint. That’s enough to drive the average UK car about 1800 miles – that’s further than the journey from Lands End to John O Groats, and back to Lands End again! Granted, a campervan is going to be less efficient than the average car, but it’s still going to be significantly better than jumping on a plane.

No airports!

Speaking of planes… As the news headlines have made clear, UK airports are having a chaotic summer. Easyjet alone cancelled more than 10,000 tickets in a single day on the 13th of June! If you want to avoid the stress of security queues, and the frustration of having your plans upended, you’re much better to be under your own steam. While others are scrambling to save their summer plans, you could be enjoying the serenity of one of our exclusive sites.

Sunny Summertime

This one’s actually a bit of a double-edged sword. We know that it’s been an exceptional summer – the UK temperature record has been broken, and much of the country has been drenched in sunshine. For some, that’s been a blessing – most people head abroad in search of sun exactly like this. This year, there’s no need to. We’ve got it right here on our doorstep.

But, of course, it’s a sign of a much wider issue – climate change. And for many of our landowners – who rely on agriculture as their primary source of income – the shifting seasons mean serious problems.

This brings us back to point one. Staying at home and enjoying this wonderful British summer means that, in the longer term, you’re doing a little bit to help protect the countryside that we so love. This year, maybe you don’t need that trip away. Maybe you could stay a little closer to home, and enjoy a little slice of adventure, just up the road.

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