Simply Kielder

Simply Kielder


Have it your way. There’s so much to do here the choice really is yours. All we can do is promise to look after you. Don’t forget to check opening times for the attractions below before you set off.

Day one
Why not start the day walking or cycling on the Lakeside Way, a multi-user trail that gives you a unique new experience. For the first time there is access to many of the most scenic parts of the lake shore, new views and the opportunity to interact with some of the abundant wildlife.

There is a lovely stretch from Leaplish Waterside Park to the Mirage deck. Approximately 3.5 miles it will take an hour and a half each way.

Following this, take a stroll to Kielder Castle for a hearty lunch at the Duke’s Pantry. The former hunting lodge for the Duke of Northumberland is now host to a visitor centre, shop, art gallery and exhibitions.

In the afternoon why not pay a visit to the Kielder Salmon Centre to uncover the exciting journey along the Tyne Salmon Trail as well as other breeding projects at Kielder such as fresh water pearl mussels.

Finish your day with a round of mini golf and a swim in the pool at Leaplish Waterside Park. There are Scandinavian style lodges at Leaplish as well as a caravanning site for touring caravans. Kielder Village also plays host to a delightful B&B, Twenty Seven.

Day two
From Leaplish Waterside Park you can get the Osprey ferry for outstanding views around Kielder Water to Tower Knowe Visitor Centre and its interactive exhibition. Now is a great time to stop for a coffee or lunch at Café on the water.

You might prefer to return to Leaplish Waterside Park and have a spot of lunch at the Boat Inn restaurant and bar.

Don’t forget to check out the flying demonstration at Kielder Water Birds of Prey Centre (check on the morning what time the demonstration will be that day). They care for a whole host of birds including owls, falcons and vultures as well as two fallow deer, two wallabies, guinea pigs and red squirrels. You’ll even get the chance to feed two of the largest flying birds in the world, a pair of Great White Pelicans called Elisabeth and Giff.

Round off your visit with a trip to the wildlife garden at Leaplish Waterside Park where you can discover a whole host of wildlife as well our new, human sundial.

Places and distances

Kielder Water
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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.

Approx 3.9 mile(s) between Lakeside Way and Kielder Waterside
Mini golf
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With views of the reservoir Leaplish Waterside Park is the ideal base to recharge and refresh or take part in an action packed day of activities. The Boat Inn Restaurant and bar serves fresh new locally sourced menus throughout the day.

Approx 3.93 mile(s) between Kielder Waterside and Kielder Castle Visitor Centre
Picnic bench
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Kielder Castle Visitor Centre is open all year round, 10am to 5pm (11am opening for exhibition Now to March) . Kielder Castle is the visitor centre for Kielder Forest. Features include information centre, tearoom and exhibitions about forestry and conservation. Bike hire available.

Approx 0.1 mile(s) between Kielder Castle Visitor Centre and Kielder Salmon Centre
Outside Kielder Salmon Centre
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Kielder Salmon Centre, open April to October, is operated by the Environment Agency. A modern visitor centre with touch screen and video displays describing the life cycle of the Atlantic Salmon, and an outdoor artwork.

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