YOUR NEXT ADVENTURE

This year all of our Adventure Challenges are supporting the Northumbria Sport Foundation's campaign to raise over £10,000 to support student mental health. When you regsiter for a challenge you will be able to set up your own fundraising page to support this campaign, or simply donate an amount at or above the minimum fundraising requirement for the challenge. The more you can fundraise, the more the Foundation can support. Visit our campaign page to see how we're doing, set up your fundraising page or donate

For more photos of our hike in the Lake District up Helvellyn, check out our photo album on Facebook


Mad March Mare - Sold Out

Mad March Mare is a cross-country 10km obstacle run. The event is organised by Challenge Northumberland, and by running and fundraising for the Northumbria Sport Foundation your upfront donation to register means you don’t have to pay your own entry fee (£50). The course, across Hexham Racecourse, includes 19 testing obstacles including The Waterfall, The Speed Slide, and The Tunnel of Darkness. Basically, you will get very muddy and very wet, but you will have a great time in a test of physical and mental endurance.

Saturday 2nd March 2019
Physical difficulty: 7/10
Event at Hexham Racecourse
Start time @ 09.30
Included: Race entry

Cost:
Fundraising Goal £60 - set up your JustGiving page 

 


Bamburgh Castle Hike - SOLD OUT

This is a 7.5 mile walk starting and finishing at the historic Bamburgh Castle. The walk will take in the country side of Northumberland before finishing along the dramatic beach and coastline overlooked by the 1,000 year old castle. After the hike there is a choice of cafes and traditional pubs to have lunch and refreshments.

Wednesday 20th March
Physical Difficulty: 4/10
Leave Northumbria University via minibus @ 09:00
Start hiking @ 10:30
Finish hike @ approx 12:30
Arrive back to Northumbria University @ approx 15:00

FREE - Funded by Sport England BUCS Active


Northumberland National Park Hike

This 5mile hike within the Northumberland National Park will take in bith Simonside and Dove Crag hill. It will offer panoramic views across the national park, towards the Cheviots and the Northumberland coastline. This is a great hike for anyone wanting to enjoy the outdoors regardless of experience or fitness levels. At 430m, the hikes highest point provides a good introductory challenge for anyone wanting to try hill or mountain walking as well as great views and enjoyable experience for everyone.

Sunday 7th April
Physical Difficulty: 4/10
Leave Northumbria University via minibus @ 09:00
Start hiking @ 10:30
Finish hike @ approx 13:30
Arrive back to Northumbria University @ approx 16:00

FREE - Funded by Sport England BUCS Active

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Hike Hadrian’s Wall 20 Mile Challenge - SOLD OUT

This is a 20 mile hike along the most exciting section of Hadrian’s Wall. The World Heritage Site is 1,897 years old, and marks the northern frontier of the Roman Empire, and is the inspiration behind Game of Thones’ Great Wall. As well as a undulating 20 mile hike, this challenge provides you with the perfect opportunity to visit one of Britain’s most famous historical sites. The hike includes the iconic Sycamore Gap, featured in the movie Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, and breath-taking views across Northumberland National Park. This is an opportunity not to be missed!

Saturday 13th April 2019
Physical Difficulty: 7/10
Leave Northumbria University via minibus @ 07:30
Start hiking @ 09:00
Finish hike @ approx 16:00
Arrive back to Northumbria University @ approx 19:00

Includes: Transport to and from the university, vehicle support during challenge and qualified walk leader

FREE - Funded by Sport England BUCS Active


Skiddaw Hike (Lake District) - SOLD OUT

Skiddaw is a mountain in the Lake District National Park in England. At 3,054ft it is the sixth-highest mountain in England. It lies just north of the town of Keswick and dominates the skyline in this part of the northern lakes. As it is situated on the north-east edge of the national park it is within easy reach of Newcastle. The walk itself starts with a steep ascent that provides a tough early challenge, but then the hike becomes gentler with steady inclines up to the false peak of Little Man before a short downhill section before the final ascent to the summit of Skiddaw.

 

Wednesday 1st May
Physical Difficulty: 6/10
Leave Northumbria University via minibus @ 07:30
Start hiking @ 10:00
Finish hike @ approx 14:00
Arrive back to Northumbria University @ approx 17:00

FREE - Funded by Sport England BUCS Active


Blencathra Mountain Hike (Lake District) - SOLD OUT

Blencathra, also known as Saddleback, is one of the most northerly hills in the English Lake District. It has six separate fell tops, of which the highest is the Hallsfell Top at 2,848 feet. There a few routes up to the top of Blencathra giving this trip flexibility based the group's confidence and ability. A technically challenging section called Sharp Edge can be taken or hikers can choose an easier route to the assent. The hike will cover over 8 miles making it a good level of challenge for all, while also provided some good training for anyone signed-up to the UK 3 Peaks Challenge at the end of May.

Wednesday 8th May
Physical Difficulty: 7/10
Leave Northumbria University via minibus @ 07:30
Start hiking @ 10:00
Finish hike @ approx 15:00
Arrive back to Northumbria University @ approx 18:00

FREE - Funded by Sport England BUCS Active


The UK 24hr 3 Peaks Challenge

The UK 24hr 3 Peaks Challenge has been our most popular event, with 50 students and staff taking on the challenge in 2017 and 2018. The challenge involves climbing the highest mountain in Scotland (Ben Nevis), England (Scafell Pike), and Whales (Snowdon). Participants will hike over 26miles, climbing (and descending!) 9,843ft, across the 3 mountains. All of this must be done in under 24 hours, from starting at the bottom of Ben Nevis to finishing at the bottom of Snowdon. This means walking through whatever nature throws at you and walking for periods at night. It is physically and emotionally exhausting, and should not be taken lightly. You will need a good level of fitness to complete this exciting challenge. If you do not have experience of hiking mountains, we would strongly recommend you take part in one of our Bronze or Silver level mountain challenges before considering registering for the 3 Peaks.

Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th May 2019 (travel back to Newcastle Monday 27th May)
Physical Difficulty: 10/10
Leave Northumbria University via minibus @ 09:00 (Friday)
Start challenge (Ben Nevis) @ approx 15:00 (Friday)
Finish challenge (Snowdon) @ approx 15:00 (Saturday)
Arrive back to Northumbria University @ approx 16:00 (Sunday)

Includes: Transport from the university, transport between mountains, transport back to Newcastle, vehicle support during challenge, qualified walk leaders

Cost:
Fundraising goal of £200 - set up your Just Giving page
1 nights Hostel Accommodation in Snowdon with evening meal & breakfast (£32)

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Newcastle to Edinburgh Cycle

The Newcastle to Edinburgh 'Coast & Castles' Cycle Challenge involves cycling 200 miles over 3 days from Newcastle to Edinburgh along the Northumberland Coast, past its many historical castles, through Northumberland National Park and across the Scottish border.

Day 1 involves a 90 mile cycle to Berwick-upon-Tweed

Day 2 involves a shorter but very hilly 45 mile cycle to Melrose

Day 3 involves a 60 mile cycle into the incredible city of Edinburgh

Following a night in Edinburgh, the team will be driven back to Newcastle with their bikes. This challenge will require a high level of physical fitness and cycling experience.

Thursday 30th May & Saturday 1st June (Travel back to Newcastle Sunday 2nd June)
Physical Difficulty: 10/10
Start cycle from Tynemouth Priory @ 09:00
Day 1: 88 miles to Berwick Day 2: 45 miles to Melrose (hilly) Day 3: 60 miles to Edinburgh
Included: Transport, Support vehicle, Cycle Leader

Includes: Transport back to university and qualified cycle leaders

Cost:
Fundraising Goal £250 - set up your Just Giving page
£100 of fundraising goal must have been raised/paid by 15th May
3 nights accommodation/evening meals (estimated £90)

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