This September, prepare to run, crawl, scramble and slide as the first-ever ‘Walltown Warrior’ event descends on Northumberland.
A brand-new challenge designed to encourage warriors of all ages to get active and have fun in the stunning surrounds of Northumberland National Park, Walltown Warrior is the brainchild of Northumberland National Park Authority, delivered in partnership with Challenge Northumberland.
Covering a 3km open course around Walltown Country Park, warriors will encounter obstacles including scramble nets, ninja steps, rope climbs, hay bale towers and even a water slide as they make their way towards the finish line. At the highest point of the course, you can even take a minute to admire the stunning views over the landscape across to Cumbria and the Scottish Borders from the top of an 8 ft climbing frame!
The event, which takes place across the weekend of 14-15th September is suitable for all fitness levels from complete beginners to serious athletes. There is no time limit to complete the course, so everyone can go at their own pace to support their team and soak in the atmosphere against the dramatic backdrop of Hadrian’s Wall.
“We’re really excited about the launch of our Walltown Warrior challenge event,” said Mandy Roberts, engagement officer at Northumberland National Park Authority.
“The wide-open spaces and dramatic landscape of our National Park lends itself really well to fun activities which encourage visitors to go and explore either on foot, by bike or on horseback.
“With help from Challenge Northumberland, we have created a family-orientated, enjoyable event which will encourage visitors of all ages to get stuck in and experience our National Park in a whole new way!”
Neville Duncan, director at Challenge Northumberland, added: “We’re delighted to be partnering with Northumberland National Park Authority for the first ever Walltown Warrior.
“We have been working really closely with the Park staff to carefully plan the course around Walltown Country Park, making use of the gradient of the landscape to add to the fun of the challenge. We’re really looking forward to the event and hope that this will be the first of many in the years to come.”
Walltown Warrior is the crowning jewel in Northumberland National Park’s newly redeveloped activity programme which also includes guided walks, archery sessions and archaeology expeditions taking place across the summer.
With only a limited number of spaces available on each wave across the two days, booking in advance is essential to avoid disappointment. Standard adult entry costs £16 and children aged six and over cost £8. All participants will receive a special Walltown Warrior goody bag and free entry into the Roman Army Museum at Vindolanda.
Perfect for a family fun day out or for team building with a group of friends or colleagues, find out more about Walltown Warrior and reserve your place on the Northumberland National Park website.