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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Carolyne C, Bradford, United Kingdom
We came to Kielder on a summer break last year and loved it so much we came back for our Easter hols. The Gruffalo trail starting at Kielder Castle was a big hit again and is a surefire win at keeping your younger walkers enthusiastic. The trail has improved this year with better signage and harder wearing paths in parts. It took about 50 minutes to complete and included wooden sculptures of the eponymous Gruffalo as well as the Gruffalo's child (sleeping) and Stick Man. Brilliant!

Amazing visit to Kielder Winter Wonderland

lcanp2016, Darlington, United Kingdom
We had a fantastic time and definitely hope to return again next year. Our children 8 and 5 found the whole experience magical and couldn't believe what santa knew about them. They loved making the reindeer in the elves workshop which they got to keep and the gift they received from santa was lovely. Even the parents got a gift which was great. We had none stop fun all day and made great memories. Stunning location. Would not recommend buying the train tickets. Would definitely recommend this experience.

Tower Knowe Cafe Disappointing

Lovely ride round the lake, spoiled by the cafe experience at Tower Knowe. The Chilli was burnt, and having eaten soup and roll (no butter) I then watched the manager pour some unwanted soup back into the tureen and put the rolls back into the basket! Surely this is against H&S regulations? Many people were waiting a long time for food and the system was chaotic. Such a shame as it's a lovely stop on the way round. Please sort it out!

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



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