Kielder Water & Forest Park

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Home to northern Europe’s largest man-made lake, England's largest working forest and the Darkest Skies in England, Kielder Water & Forest Park is England's number one tourism attraction (Visit England 2013).

Kielder Water & Forest Park is perfect for individuals or families that love nature, water sports, exploring, walking, cycling and much more. It features mile upon mile of purpose-built trails including forest walks for all the family and dedicated mountain bike tracks.

The Lakeside Way is a 26 mile multi-user trail, suitable for walkers, cyclists, horse riders and wheelchair users, that encircles the shoreline of Kielder Water. A haven for wildlife, Kielder Water & Forest Park is also home to around 50% of England’s native red squirrel population. In 2009 it was the first time on record that a pair of ospreys had recolonised naturally in Northumberland after over 200 years of absence and since then we have had two breeding pairs while 2016 was a record breaking year with nine fledging chicks, beating 2014's eight.   You can also spot otters, roe deer badgers and bats. Waterskiing and sailing enthusiasts take to the water all year round and the lake offers a huge challenge to keen trout anglers between March and October.

You can discover all you need to know about Kielder Water & Forest Park including its history at Tower Knowe Visitor Centre or visit Kielder Castle, the former hunting lodge for the Duke of Northumberland, which now hosts a visitor centre, art gallery and exhibitions. Leaplish Waterside Park boasts luxury self catering forest lodges, an indoor heated swimming pool and sauna, restaurant and bar and the Kielder Water Birds of Prey Centre.

Famed for its dark skies thanks to minimal light pollution, Kielder Water & Forest Park within Northumberland International Dark Sky Park is a star gazers’ heaven and home to the Kielder Observatory.

There is also contemporary art and architecture including the futuristic shelter design of the Belvedere, the Minotaur maze and Silvas Capitalis, also known as the ‘giant forest head’. Visitors are spoilt for choice when it comes to spending a day trip, weekend break or holiday in what the Campaign to Protect Rural England calls the most tranquil spot in the country.

The park is also home to the award winning Kielder Winter Wonderland every November and December and the Kielder Marathon every October. 




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Cracking Lakeside walks along north bank

JamesandmrHurls, Constanta, Romania
I was here in Feb on a chilly but clear day. Really nice paths to follow and every few miles an interesting sculpture to play around with - or take shelter in! It is such an atmospheric view when the light is right. Great for mountain bikers.

Fishing weekend

karen D,
Well just booked weekend again at kielder for fishing and to have a burger and pint in restaurant there delicious can't wait for march

Lovely walks in the woods

Jane G,
We visited the castle area, Minotaur maze and the viaduct and lake. Walking routes were fairly good with the buggy, wet January did make it a little hard going in some areas! Only negatives were that the "easy" route near the Castle was not clearly sign posted from the car park, we only found the start of it after going around the maze. Also, we were a little surprised to find the cafe shut on a Monday morning, altohugh the opening times and dates indicated it should have been open. We were going to ask about it at the visitor centre, but the doors were open, with no staff to be found.

Just a flying visit

jollyrobert, Cardiff, Wales
My wife and I drove out of Corbridge on the A68 north, really just following our noses. It was 27th December on a beautiful clear and sunny day, and we wanted to escape the frenetic activities of the previous two days, spent mostly indoors with the Addams family. We found our way onto the long military road, and continued along it taking in the spectacular views, until we found the road to Bellingham and hence the Keilder Forest. Passing the entrance to Leaplish, we continued on until we crossed the border into Scotland. Realising we had got ourselves lost we retreated back to Keilder hamlet, and saw the signs to the castle, which apart from the cafe, and the adjacent Angler's Arms, was closed. The Forest Trail which we had hoped to journey was closed from November to March as impassible, so no joy there then. The day was saved when we drove off the main road on our way back south, and stood by the Great Wier admiring the stunning water views.


lee795, widnes
all i can say is a untouched beautiful little gem. felt a million miles away from everything city!!! wich is a good thing. no phone signal just you family and the great outdoor.



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