What better way to explore the great outdoors than on foot? With over 600 square kilometres of forest and 27 miles of shoreline to choose from, Kielder Water & Forest Park is perfect for walking and hiking holidays or family days out. From challenging long distance trails to more leisurely family strolls - there's a multitude of forest walks to choose from. Discover twenty pieces of outdoor public art scattered across the Park along your way. And thanks to the Lakeside Way, a multi-user trail that follows the 27 mile Kielder Water shoreline, you can have a unique and beautiful walking experience. See www.visitkielder.com for more information.
Open all year
kittykate83, Cheadle, United Kingdom
We walked 13 miles with our dog, Tower Knowe to Leaplish and back. We had planned to use the ferry and return using a different route but the ferry only runs on certain days. The lakeside way is a very good path to walk on and we saw two wheelchair users using the path with ease. Just be careful that cyclists also use the path and can quietly sneak up behind you.
beautiful but take a waterproof just in case
feralchild2015, London, United Kingdom
Kielder has a bit of everything, bike and walking trails and a forest drive, artworks, red squirrels, restaurants, and birds of prey. The forest itself is very beautiful and if you go early with the mist floating over the water it all feels a bit magical. If its rained though, be warned places are very muddy so wear waterproof boots or willies and a waterproof coat just in case you're a long way from a shelter if theres a shower. Once you've explored everything(which could probably take a lifetime) the restaurants around the lake offer everything from a cooked breakfast to 30 different flavours of ice cream (as well as toilets and coffee lol)
Amazing scenery and well marked walks
Tomtomgoer, Kesgrave, United Kingdom
Spent a day walking through the forest on excellent maintained and waymarked walks with lots of interest, including hides with bird feeders and information boards throughout the routes. You can easily cover the Duke and Duchess Walks from Kielder Castle in a few hours, as they cover a combined distance of about 5 miles. Beautiful views throughout, and the Castle Cafe is a great stop off for a decent coffee, with plenty of food options. The adjacent public toilets were spotless, and the whole area is clearly a labour of love for those that look after it.
Bee B, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Beautiful park which we visited today as we were participating in the charity walk for Wag & Co. My dog enjoyed going in the Kielder water and we all enjoyed the walk in the forest. There was a nice seating area with a look out over the water. We visited the café just for drinks, which is also dog friendly. Thinking about returning to stay for a break in a quieter season.
Tower Knowe café
We had a short stroll to the reservoir at Tower Knowe with our doddery old dogs then decided it would be nice to have a drink, something to eat and sit and look at the reservoir as they can't walk far. We went to the café and there were no "no dogs" signs on the door so we went in. The waitress said dogs can't be in the café so we asked if the patio doors could be open so we could sit outside on the terrace. She opened them so we sat down and got got ourselves settled when she came back out and said we couldn't sit there with the dogs and could only sit at the benches outside facing the car-park. Who wants to visit and reservoir and look at a car-park? We left and went to the dog friendly Kielder Castle café instead. Why can't you put outside access to the terrace so it can be accessed without going through the cafe and allow dogs on it? Why don't you have a "no dogs" sign on door to save embarrassment of being frogmarched out of the café!