Kielder Water & Forest Park

Kielder
Northumberland
NE48 1BT

+44 01434 220616

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Overview

visit england awards for excellence 2013

 

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 the number of breeding pairs have grown to four. 2016 was a record breaking year with ten fledging chicks. 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 and wildlife at Tower Knowe Visitor Centre or visit Kielder Castle, the former hunting lodge for the Duke of Northumberland, which now hosts a visitor centre and cafe. Kielder Waterside 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 gazer's 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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tripadvisor
17/09/2017

Peacefull


Karan B, Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
I was very surprised at the beauty of kielder water and forest. It is amazing . To listen to the birds snd the sounds of the water is so relaxing. The day we went was lovely snd warm. I was hoping to go to the observotry but it was to much of a walk for me. Which was a great shame as i wanted to see.it
tripadvisor
15/09/2017

Amazing view!


Anne A,
Went on the way back from a wedding nearby and although weather was inclement it was definitely worth the drive! Apart from the view which was breathtaking, the information centre was so interesting and informative. Very enjoyable!
tripadvisor
13/09/2017

Cycling around the Reservoir


Aurora-Chaser, Lancaster, United Kingdom
What a beautiful scenic 26 mile bike ride around the Kielder Reservoir with my wife and 2 year old. Great works of art along the way and cafe stops. Highly recommend this bike ride.
tripadvisor
04/09/2017

Beautiful


Cathy D,
We went for a walk with our dogs through the forest and around the lake. Lots of parking areas and picnic places round the lake. Parking-you could pay either for an hr or it was £5 for all day. Really beautiful area and well kept. The dogs loved being off the lead and having a good roam around too.We had a lovely walk in the beautiful surroundings . We underestimated how huge it was& We had to come back another day and had lunch at the pub in Kielder village and went to see the castle too. Would love to come back another time and visit the observatory- something you have to book up well in advance. So that's what we're going to do! We not Cyclists but we know cyclists would love it here. I enjoyed it here and would love to go back.
tripadvisor
27/08/2017

Discover!


Claire T, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
Make of it you will! Bike,walk or Drive. This place has miles and miles of scenery and sculptures when on your travels. Plenty of parking spots,picnic spots and photo opportunities. There are a scattering of cafes around the lake in which to grab a cup of tea and slice of cake before burning it all off again.Maybe take a boat ride. This forest is well looked after by its keepers which enables us to enjoy it more.
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