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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Kielder 4 x 4 Safari with Mountain Rescue Council

overthetyne, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Once a month in order to raise funds for the various Kielder rescue organisations a 4 x 4 Safari is organised. Great reason to get out there. You must use a sturdy 4x4 vehicle as the course is just awesome in various different terrains covering miles of forest tracks. Look it up on the internet and get booking. Great chaps take you round and look after you. Along side the actual drive the scenery is spectacular too. You access parts the general public never are allowed. Only need a pack up for your lunch or could even purchase something from the Dukes Pantry Café at the starting/finishing point at Kielder Castle. We did this on a rainy day and it did not hinder us at all. In fact it meant for more fun with water filled tracks to navigate.


Elaine W, ampthill
Good paths make easy walking around the reservoir. Some of the walks in the forest can be a bit steep but very enjoyable. Good for bird watching.


matthew h, Peterborough
What a wonderful place to walk amazing view and everywhere is kept clean and tidy, it's a must visit

A walk in the rain

jochg2016, Doncaster, United Kingdom
Stunning views...if only the sun would shine. Even so, a walk in the rain was enjoyable. Would certainly return in better weather.

Wonderful Day!

Patricia D, Haverhill, United Kingdom
We live in Suffolk and this was our first visit to Northumberland, and it won't be the last. We spent a lovely sunny day at Kielner Water. We stopped first at the Tower Knowe centre for coffee and information about the area. The staff were so helpful and friendly providing a map and telling us where we should see the red squirrels. We stopped off to walk at several car parks but ended up at the Waterside about 2.30 as this is where we could view one of the Osprey on video sitting on a nest somewhere in the forest. We were also told that there is a red squirrel hide. It is only a few minutes walk from the centre and while you wait for the squirrels to come down from the treetops there are plenty of birds on the feeders. After a while three squirrels appeared playing together. They also go to special feeders so if you are a keen photographer I am sure you would get some great photos of them.



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