Winner of England's best tourism experience - Visit England Awards 2013

Home to northern Europe’s largest man-made lake and England's largest forest, Kielder Water & Forest Park is one of Northumberland's best attractions. It is perfect for individuals or families that love nature, water sports, exploring, walking, cycling and much more.

Tower Knowe visitors centre at Kielder

Tower Knowe visitors centre at Kielder

Kielder Water & Forest Park 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 three chicks were born to a record breaking osprey couple - the first birds for at least 200 years to successfully raise chicks in Northumberland. So far they have returned to breed every year since. You can also spot see a range of rare wildlife including the Kielder Super Six: osprey, red squirrel, pipistrelle bat, roe deer, salmon and otter.

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.

Cycling around Kielder Water

Cycling around Kielder Water

Visitors to Kielder lodges at Leaplish Waterside Park have access to professional training and tuition for a range of mainstream sporting activities to suit everyone as part of a ‘go active’ break.

Activities include: archery and junior archery, fencing, crossbow, table tennis, snorkelling, FUNdamentals (gymnastics for young children), sea scooters (underwater propellers to power around the pool), disc golf (launch specially designed frisbees into targets across a large outdoor course), petanque (a form of boules), short mat bowls (indoor bowls for all the family), water walkerz (walk on water in the pool inside a floating inflatable ball) and skip-hop (skipping and hip-hop dance moves).

Famed for having the darkest night skies in England thanks to minimal light pollution, Kielder Water & Forest Park is a star gazers’ heaven and is home to the Kielder Observatory alongside Northumberland National Park who is seeking Dark Sky Reserve Status, KW&FP is currently in the process of bidding for Dark Sky Park Status. If successful, together they will create the world’s third largest area of protected starry skies. For more information click here.

Kielder Observatory

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.

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Fishing at Kielder Water and Forest Park and Fontburn
Fishing
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Northumbrian Water trout fisheries in the north east of England has built up a well deserved reputation for offering top quality fishing. ...
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Great Outdoors
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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 cen ...
Kielder Duathlon
Sporting Event
Starting and finishing at Kielder Castle, the event consists of a 7km trail run followed by a 24km mountain bike, incorporating the new blue graded bike trail, finishing with a final 6km trail run. ...
Mini golf
Nature and Wildlife
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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 ...
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Aurora Show lodge
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Self Catering
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Luxury lodges on the lakeside of Kielder Water boast panoramic views stretching over the lake and forest. ...
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Swing and Climb Day
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Fly through the air on the brilliant King-swing or conquer our mighty Indoor Wall. Complimentary session on Velcro Olympics included with price of Indoor Wall. 10am - 12:30pm King-swing, 1pm - 3pm (4p ...
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Home to Northern Europe's biggest man made lake, the largest working forest in England, the darkest skies in England and voted Tourism Experience of the Year by Visit England, Kielder Water & Fore ...
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Walking
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What better way to explore the great outdoors than on foot? With over 600 square kilometres of forest and 27 miles of shoreline to choose from, Kielder Water & Forest Park is perfect for walking and ...
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Northumberland Dark Sky Park
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Kielder 4x4 Safari
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Kielder 4×4 Safari - driving the tracks deep in the heart of Kielder Forest in Northumberland. ...
Outside Tower Knowe Visitor Centre
Museums and galleries
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Tower Knowe will be re-opening on the 29th March time  10 - 4pm. Tower Knowe, the gateway centre to Kielder Water & Forest Park, is an ideal location to orientate yourself and find out w ...
Straker Chalet at dusk
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Fully accessible, comfortable Scandanavian lodges set in the beautiful Kielder Water & Forest Park and close to the tranquil shores of Kielder Water. Activities and home cooked meals are also avai ...
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Silvas Capitalis
Art and Architecture
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The landscape around Kielder Water & Forest Park has become home to a unique collection of visual art and architecture. ...
Picnic bench
Outdoor Event
Build a shelter, light a fire, cook a meal, make something to take away. You’ll need to build a shelter, your own den in the woods ...
Dark Skies stargazing at Tower Knowe
Star gazing events
The best place in England to view the night sky - discover the beauty of Northumberland’s International Dark Sky Park. ...
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Caravan & Camping
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The caravan park is a perfect base to enjoy your visit to Kielder Water Kielder Water & Forest Park in the heart of Northumberland. ...
Star trails
Science and Technology
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Kielder Observatory is an astronomical attraction at Kielder Water & Forest Park run by the Kielder Observatory Astronomical Society. Please visit www.kielderobservatory.org for all event bookings ...
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Heather
Great Outdoors
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Home to the biggest man-made lake in northern Europe, the largest working forest in England and the Darkest Skies in England, this is one outdoor playground you don’t want to miss. ...
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Assisted Abseil
Adventure Sports
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Calvert Trust Kielder offers exciting and exhilarating outdoor adventure activities, fully accessible for the whole family, in the heart of Kielder Water & Forest Park, home to the largest man-mad ...
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High Terrain Events
Sporting Event
The Kielder Ultra Trail is set in the vast expanse of Kielder Water & Forest Park. The Park spans 600 square kilometres & is home to the largest forest in England& the largest man-made lak ...
Water Day
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Try your hand at Canoeing or Kayaking on the beautiful Kielder Water. Please meet at Matthews Linn ...
High Ropes Day
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Tackle the hanging cargo net, sprint along the swinging logs, make it across the balancing beams. Be brave and take the leap of faith. ...
Sharp Shooters Day
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Test your aiming skill on our Laser clay shooting and Archery ranges(includes 30 clays or 15 arrows) ...
Clay Shooting
Adventure Sports
Kielder
Welcome to the Kielder Sports an action packed adventure centre only a short drive from Kielder and in the heart of the Dark Sky Park. Set in the glorious Northumberland National Park count ...
Kielder Water
Sport and Leisure
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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.  ...
Family Bushcrafts
Outdoor Event
Build a shelter, light a fire, cook a meal, make something to take away. You’ll need to build a shelter, your own den in the woods ...
StickMan Trail
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Come to see Stick Man and his friends in Kielder Forest! ...
Kielder Cross Cycle Challenge
Sporting Event
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A brand new off road cycling challenge based around Kielder Water & Forest Park. ...
Kielder Winter Wonderland
Outdoor Event
Kielder Winter Wonderland is a unique, theatrical event held in the stunning forest and lakeside setting of the award winning Kielder Water & Forest Park in Northumberland. ...
Tarset Tor Bunkhouse
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Tarset Tor Bunkhouse and Bothies are located in the Northumberland National Park.  Offering versatile, eco-friendly, self-catering accommodation. ...
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Outside Kielder Salmon Centre
Nature and Wildlife
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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 ...
CURATOR LED ART TOUR
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Find out about Kielder’s art and architecture programme directly from experienced curator Peter Sharpe  Advanced booking essential ...
Minotaur Maze at Kielder Water
Garden
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The Minotaur Maze is a must for children and adults alike. The adventurous will discover a number of special features that include a small glittering room formed from rocks of recycled glass. ...
Cycling along the Lakeside Way
Adventure Sports
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Kielder Water & Forest park's rugged wilderness is MTB heaven. Experience some of the best singletrack trails in the UK with breathtaking views. ...
Boat Inn Kielder
Pubs, Bars & Inns
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Boat Inn - Evening meals booking advised. Due to it's waterside setting, your dining experience at The Boat Inn will be accompanied by panoramic views across the water. We have a full range of ho ...
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Old Hall
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This charming detached cottage sits in an isolated position near Falstone, in the Northumberland National Park, close to Kielder water. ...
27 B&B Kielder village
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Bed & Breakfast
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Dark Sky Friendly Accommodation in Kielder village  -  the closest accommodation to Kielder Observatory. Astronomy Course available too. Outdoors & Pet Friendly. ...
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