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What better way to explore the great outdoors than on foot? With over 600 square kilometres of forest and over 26 miles of shoreline to choose from, Kielder Water & Forest Park is perfect for walking and hiking holidays or family days out. From challenging long distance trails to more leisurely family strolls - there's a multitude of forest walks to choose from. Discover twenty pieces of outdoor public art scattered across the Park along your way. And thanks to the Lakeside Way, a multi-user trail that follows the 26 mile Kielder Water shoreline, you can have a unique and beautiful walking experience. See www.visitkielder.com for more information.
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Sue00do, North West England, United Kingdom
We drove the 12 miles on the gravel toll road through the plantation, beautiful scenery, contrasts between heavily wooded forests and complete (seemingly) devastation, interesting to see that new trees are planted between the old roots. Huge trees uprooted and leaning over like dominoes with roots exposed.We saw only one other car on our drive except for a huge, fully laden forestry wagon which headed towards us amidst a vast cloud of dust, we saw it in the distance and pulled into a passing place and waited like two rabbits in the headlights! We got a big thumbs up from the driver as he passed us and continued at speed to his destination!
Itchy306, London, United Kingdom
Parked the car at the Tower Knowe Visitor Centre, (the meters weren't registering the money in the Pay and Display, but the shop will honour any money paid), went for a short walk, the views across the lake were spectacular, and so peaceful and quiet. If you want better views, go to Elf Kirk viewpoint, the drive up is a bit rough, but the views are worth it.
Beautiful and tranquil or Beautiful and Energetic
Simon P, Blyth
Kielder is Europe’s largest man-made lake and England's largest forest and one of Northumberland's best attractions. It is great for individuals or families. There is plenty of nature to see, there is water sports, walking trails for all levels of ramblers, cycling routes, camping, the Dark Skies Observatory, and much more such as the Lakeside Way, which s a 26 mile trail suitable for walkers, cyclists, horse riders and wheelchair users, that encircles the shoreline of Kielder Water.
Beautiful scenic area
Bordersgeezer, Hawick, United Kingdom
For anyone that likes beautiful scenery and the outdoor life, this place is a must to visit. Plenty of car parking available at £5 for the entire day. Well stocked shops for gifts or memorabilia from the Kielder area, all the staff are extremely friendly and helpful. Not overpriced too. There are plenty of walks which are well sign posted and most of them not too demanding. Maps free of charge are available. Picnic tables are available by the water if you’re lucky enough to get one. A small ferry operates on specific days. Lovely part of the country which is well worth exploring
Great Day Out - Tips and Tricks
Miles W, Taunton, United Kingdom
I had read the reviews before arriving and was almost put off by some of them. My wife and I were travelling from near Berwick, and it is a long drive to get there, however, it is through gorgeous countryside and fab driving roads so not a big issue. Took us 90 minutes. On arrival at Kielder Castle we parked up and paid the £5 for all day parking at any of the sites around the reserve. You can hire bikes here for the day. However, we then decided to go to the centre at the Castle for information. There is a toilet there and a cafe, but no one was in the visitor centre. You can pick up paper maps which are the same as you can find online. We then decided to go on the Forest Drive Toll road towards Byrness which cost £3. Annoyingly, if we had done this first, we could have bought a combined toll and all day parking for £7. Okay, only £1 saving but it is the one gripe I have and would agree with other reviewers, namely better sign posting and information could make the experience better for visitors who have never been to the forest before (but we are pretty relaxed about it). We thought the toll road took you around the lake....wrong! We realised it took us to Byrness after a couple of miles driving, but continued as it was a lovely drive. It is not the 12 mile drive from hell someone else posted, but a decent dirt track road that is quite easy to drive with good views. Once back at Kielder Castle we then drove down to Kielder Waterside centre. From here, we went on the walk around the Bull Crag peninsula towards Tower Knowe centre, and then cutting back on the short route back towards Waterside. The walk was about 6 and a half miles and the paths were well maintained. There were lots of cyclists and the views were lovely. You get both forest walks and lakeside walks on this route. We would have gone to Tower Knowe and caught the ferry back but were not sure it was running (again poor visitor information which could be improved). On the return we went into the squirrel hide and were lucky enough to see one in the distance. We were there quite late (6-7pm) to see the squirrel, which might be harder to see earlier in the day purely because there are a lot more people and noise around. You can also see a lot of birds at the feeding station (Jay was my highlight) and some baby wild rabbits. I also managed to see an Osprey earlier in the day. Overall, this place is great and if you love nature and cycling or walking, you should go here. We loved the place. Just need the Kielder Trust to do a better job of providing information for visitors.