Falls and Castles Trail Race

(no race in 2021)

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  • Choice of 18 mile or 7 mile circular trail races, starting and finishing at Bolton Castle

  • Mixed terrain, with a few short sections on minor roads

  • Fully marked course with feed stations en-route

  • T-shirt to all finishers

  • Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd overall, and 1st, 2nd and 3rd in age categories

  • Max runners 250 in total, with up to 150 in any distance

  • 15% discount at Darlington Up & Running when you show your bib in store

  • Many local attractions for spectators

  • A TRA permit (no 3306) has been granted for and the race will be held under UK Athletic rules

  • Cost:

    • 18-mile race - £36 (£34 for affiliated)

    • 7-mile race - £22 (£20 for affiliated)

  • Includes £1 donation per runner to Aysgarth Falls National Park and Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team

  • Car parking included in entry fee

  • In line with many other races, will be "cupless" at checkpoints, so please bring your own cup.


2020 GPS links, maps & course descriptions have been updated as below (as of 16-8-20).

  • 18 mile race - course through Askrigg is the same as 2019  (click to download Askrigg map)

  • Aysgarth Falls loop in both races has been removed as it is a pinch point where social distancing is difficult.

  • 2020 pre-race now available to download below

Click HERE to download Runner COVID Code of Conduct

Due to COVID, there will be some significant changes to our event format compared to our previous races and from what was initially advertised. We hope you will bear with us and accept these changes as they are the only way to still hold the event safely in the current climate. Click HERE for more details.


Course Details


18 mile race

18 miles/28k

2400 ft/ 730 m ascent/descent

Checkpoints/feed stations:

4 miles: checkpoint only

9 miles (Askrigg): Checkpoint and feed station with water only. This is the 1st water station on the long course.

~15 miles (Aysgarth Falls): Checkpoint and feed station with water only

Click map to download

Sign in to Garmin to send the course to your device.


7 mile race

7 miles / 11km

810 ft/ 250 m ascent/descent

Checkpoints/feed stations:

~4.5 miles (Aysgarth Falls): Checkpoint and feed station with water only

Click map to download

Sign in to Garmin to send the course to your device.

Race Day Info


Race HQ


Race HQ is Bolton Castle, nr Leyburn, North Yorkshire, DL8 4ET

There is an impressive Tea Room at Bolton Castle for spectators.

If entering or leaving Bolton Castle after 11am, please use the road from the east via East Lane and Hargill Lane from Redmire. This reduces the amount of traffic on the course.

Car Parking

Car parking is available at Bolton Castle. Please use the main and overflow car parks which will be signposted and marshaled. Please be respectful of the local population when parking. Do not park in the village itself, or on the village green, and do not block driveways or other access. Please do not park on the race route, especially the road up the hill towards Bolton Castle (Castle End and Scallow Bank Lane).


Car Sharing

We are keen to minimise the carbon impact of our event. If you wish to car share, consider joining our MaD Runners facebook group where you can link up with others traveling to the event




18 mile race

Registration: 8.30 - 9.15

Pre-race briefing at 9.20 in start area

Start: 9.30

Cut offs

  • 3 hours at Askrigg checkpoint (9 miles)

  • 5 hours at Aysgarth Falls checkpoint (15 miles)

  • 3.30pm at finish

7 mile race

Registration: 9.35 - 10.20

Pre-race briefing at 10.25 in start area

Start 10.35

Cut offs

  • 1 1/2 hours at Aysgarth Falls checkpoint (4.5 miles)

  • 3 hours at finish


Kit list


18 mile race

Mandatory for 18 mile route

  • Hat/buff and gloves

  • Waterproof jacket with taped seams

  • Minimum 500mls water (obviously, you don’t still need 500mls water with you at the finish)

  • Cup for drink stations or water bottle

  • Energy bar

  • Whistle

  • Route map/instructions and compass (phone-based compass is fine providing it is fully charged)

  • Foil blanket (bivvy bag meets this requirement)

  • Mobile phone


7 mile race

Short course runners are also advised to carry the clothing/food kit depending on weather.

However the following are mandatory items

  • Route map/instructions

  • Mobile phone

  • Cup for drink stations or water bottle



  • You must have the mandatory kit and carry it with you at all time – no kit, no race. If you don’t complete the race with all kit, you will be disqualified.

  • Your race number must be visible from the front at all times.

  • Please respect other competitors, marshals, and members of the public.

  • If you are about to overtake someone, warn them first and say “on your right/left”. If being overtaken, please move to the “other” side to let the faster runner pass.

  • You must check in at each checkpoint.

  • You must abide by marshal and race officials instructions.

  • Please stop and assist any competitors in need of medical attention and alert a marshal or race director (as per pre-race instructions).

  • If you appear unfit to continue, you will be withdrawn from the race for your own safety.

  • If you withdraw from the race, you must inform the next marshal, or contact the race director on the phone number that will be provided.

  • At Aysgarth Falls, there is "The Loop" portion of the course. (OS grid ref 016 888). All runners must turn right down the concrete steps. You must pick up a wristband from the marshal positioned by the river. FAILURE TO COLLECT A WRISTBAND WILL RESULT IN A 15 MINUTE TIME PENALTY.

  • No headphones/Mp3 players (see FAQs)

  • Please obey the Countryside Code.

  • Please close all gates.

  • Do not climb over gates or fences.

  • Do not drop litter – carry it with you, or use bins provided at feed stations.

  • No smoking at race HQ or in car parks.

  • It is not possible to run with your dog (even on a lead) as the course passes through active farming areas where livestock is present.

  • You must keep to the course. Not only is this out of fairness to all competitors, but also for your own safety as there are disused mine working in some areas.

  • The Freeholders Wood area immediately north of Aysgarth Falls is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) - you MUST keep to the marked path here, regardless of how muddy it is.

  • The race has a TRA permit pending (no 3306) and will be held under UK Athletic rules. We recommend that you make yourself familiar with the UKA rules specific to Trail running (UKA Rules for competition 2018-2020).

  • Disqualification may result from any of the following:

  • Deviation from the course (resulting in a shortened distance to be covered)

  • Failure to carry mandatory kit

  • Use of assistance outside of aid stations

  • The Race Referee / Directors decision is final.


Spectator Information

Bolton Castle

One of the Country's best preserved medieval castles. Well worth taking a tour while you are here : www.boltoncastle.co.uk

Aysgarth Falls Visitor Centre

Both routes pass by Aysgarth Falls Visitor Centre, so this is a good place to see runners as they come past. There are viewing or picnic areas for High, Middle and Lower Falls. Car parking available (pay & display). There is also a tea room in the visitor centre.




Picturesque town on the 18 mile course. There is a runner checkpoint near the Crown Inn. www.crowninnaskrigg.co.uk

Places to stay

Below is a selection of many places to stay in the area. There are also many additional places to stay in nearby Leyburn


Askrigg camping: Camping on site on a working farm, or wild camping on a remote site : www.askrigg-camping.co.uk


Raydale Barn: Self catering. Sleeps 16 - great option if there are a group of you doing the race or supporting. www.raydalebarn.co.uk

Wensleydale Camping at Aysgarth Falls: wild camping in St Josephs Woods, Aysgarth Falls: www.manorgrange.co.uk/Wensleydale-Camping-at-Aysgarth-Falls

The Crown Inn, Askrigg : The Barn (sleeps 6): a fully equipped  and furnished self catering property, and camping: www.crowninnaskrigg.co.uk/the-barn


The Old Town Hall, Redmire:  guest house. (minimum two night stay for Saturday nights) www.theoldtownhall.co.uk


Aysgarth Falls Hotel Aysgarth: www.aysgarthfallshotel.com


Stow House, Aysgarth. Boutique bed and breakfast www.stowhouse.co.uk


The Wheatsheaf Inn, Carperby. Rooms and self-catering apartment (two day minimum stay at weekends) : www.wheatsheafinwensleydale.co.uk


This is only a selection of places to stay in the area. If you have accommodation that you would like to be listed on our website, please contact us at carol@madraces.co.uk