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
Absolutely magical! Kids loved Santa! Daffodil was amazing and the kids loved Mrs Christmas and the reindeer man, x the theatre show people were very talented, beavers show kept you very warm and involved, really loved this one, x the elf workshop was the best for me, you're kept so busy you don't have time to think about the cold, we had our picnic in the catering tent which was lovely and warm. Although some events were inside most were outside, we were lucky that the sun was shining, no wind, there was frost on the ground, it was perfect! I think if It had been raining for the day It would have been a disaster!It wasn't that muddy as some people said so normal trainers were fine but definitely wear layers and thermals if you have them! Ice rink was a plastic ice rink but still fun for all, and the reindeer were fabulous! A good full day of activities and even had time to see birds of prey which was free (as was parking) we have also been to the pheasant inn nearby for food, I would definitely recommend it!
Open spaces to ourselves
chestervoyager, Chester, United Kingdom
I can imagine this place being heaving with visitors in the summer. It's home to the country's largest man-made lake, a huge woodland forest and hills. A great place for walking, cycling, water leisure, relaxing, photography, nature and art. It probably requires a car or organised trip to get here. Parking is a flat £5 per day, though that does cover you for all car parks at Kielder, so you don't have to stay in one spot all day. There were not many people about when our walking group arrived and within not very long it looked like we had the place to ourselves. Lovely walking with good views from the tops. A bit marshy underfoot but some good fresh air, sunshine in parts and good opportunities for photos. Well worth a visit. Check out the website before you go or just drop in and go with the flow.
Not everything open....
Visited with another family for birthday celebrations. We stayed in the Birch lodge, which is a newer accommodation and we couldn't have been happier with the standard of the property, which was immaculately presented, clean and the little extras such as the dolce gusto pods, games and toiletries were of quality and a pleasant surprise. The layout of the Birch, with the hidden shower room was a real talking point! Location wise, the park is fairly isolated, so ensure you take plenty of supplies in terms of food and drink. There is a shop where you can purchase groceries on site, but the stock is the basics really and whilst of good quality, wouldn't constitute a full shop! Sadly when we visited several activities appeared to be closed and whilst we had children who were 8 years old who could have accessed some of those still running, the younger children aged 4 were too young. This made for difficulty ensuring everybody was satisfied and happy. Bike hire is not on site, this is local in Kielder village. We did use the pool facilities, which were fine, but an observation was that the changing areas felt cold. There is a restaurant on site, which will be reviewed separately; but in summary it was only adequate. On balance, would definitely visit Kielder again, our accommodation was really excellent; in the summer when perhaps more would be open. The setting is truly beautiful, there are some pleasant walks where you can observe red squirrels and a variety of birds. Lots of wonderful photo opportunities.
Norma's Birthday weekend
philipnichaelp, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Wonderful relaxing weekend, beautiful relaxing time, wonderful staff, log cabins excellent warm comfortable relaxing, imaging not using mobiles,talking to each other having conversations together, a simple way to relax and a Hot-tube which is maintained each day. In the words of Tina simply the best Beautiful scenery peaceful and stars in a black sky Thank you to one and all
DT2121, Leeds, United Kingdom
Visited 3 locations in the forest to watch the rally and the scenery was stunningly beautiful. Very clean and tidy . A big thanks to the Forestry Commission.