Kielder Water & Forest Park

Kielder
Northumberland
NE48 1BT

+44 01434 220616

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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 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. After 200 years of abscence in Northumberland it is a delight to see ospreys thriving at Kielder. In 2017 we saw our 50th chcik fledge, with all four breeding pairs producing chicks. Since 2009, when re-colenisation in Northumberland began, Kielder Forest has made an impressive contribution to the northern Osprey population. 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 and wildlife at Tower Knowe Visitor Centre or visit Kielder Castle, the former hunting lodge for the Duke of Northumberland, which now hosts a visitor centre and cafe. Kielder Waterside boasts luxury self catering forest lodges, a gym, 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 gazer's 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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tripadvisor
12/02/2019

Bitdeatching


applefortheteacher, Dereham, United Kingdom
Always enjoy a drive through Keilder, but now that my partner is less mobile and cannot leave the car much, a few good birdwatching viewpoints would be good. We have a 4+4 which is helpful. Stunning place and well worth a visit at any time.
tripadvisor
02/01/2019

Kielder Forest and Lake - nature at its best


AlEc777, London, United Kingdom
While visiting the Lake District, my family wanted to return to Kielder Forest during the day. On our last visit, we travelled by night to visit the Kielder Observatory to view the stars via the large telescopes. On this occasion, we enjoyed walking through the forest, especially via the evergreen pines, and admiring the huge scenic lake scenes. At Kielder, you can also hire bikes, visit the castle or have fun walking through the mini maze. It's worth every penny of the five pounds to park all day at the park. My only regret was that we didn't have more time to explore other areas of the beautiful, well kept forest. Immense yourself in the wonderful experience. Simply nature at its best.
tripadvisor
30/12/2018

Good walking


VanessaB956, Dover, United Kingdom
The reservoir is lovely even in December easy to walk around as mostly flat, there are good facilities cafe looked very nice but was not open when we went 23rd December
tripadvisor
10/12/2018

Winter Wonderland


Alansioux, England
Stayed in one of the log cabins for 3 nights..can't fault them..they're clean and the hot tub was well maintained..the downside are the so called 'activities' during the day..a lecture on recycling by Mrs Christmas and her friends..a Nativity play that has very little to do with Nativity..the Elves workshop and Santa were crowded but ok..it just needs to feel more Christmasy...you see kids looking bored and perplexed at some of it..a lovely place but the 'entertainment' during the day needs looking at.
tripadvisor
10/12/2018

Britain's most beautiful marathon


deepfreezevegan17, Morpeth, United Kingdom
Kielder is an incredibly stunning place to visit throughout the year but it really impresses when the Autumn is in full swing. Taking part in the marathon is a great way to see the entire place and experience something special. Well worth it if you're looking for something like that.
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