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 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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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 just needs to feel more see kids looking bored and perplexed at some of it..a lovely place but the 'entertainment' during the day needs looking at.

Britain's most beautiful marathon

deepfreezevegan17, Newcastle upon Tyne, 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.

Winter Wonderland

and40eh, Carlisle, United Kingdom
Fantastic day out with our kids got there at 1000 and left about 1730. Our kids are 9 and 7 they really enjoyed the full day, there was plenty to see and do they never got bored. The visit to Santa was great, the kids got a very nice boxed bauble each. They also made little wooden reindeer in the elves workshop, which they take home.The performances where very good with most people joining in. I thought it was quite expensive when I booked, but it was a good value for money day out. Despite what some lacking the Christmas spirit reviewers say, the day is what you make it. I would recommend this to anyone.

Winter Wonderland

We travelled to Kielder on Saturday hoping to blown away by the whole Winter Wonderland and were definitely not!! My children 9, 5 and 9 months enjoyed the snow tubing and that was about it. There was a lot of hanging around between performances and not a great deal to do. The Santa was ok but my children were a bit offended as when the visit came to an end he told all the kids to ‘clear off’. He also didn’t mention my little girls secret at all which she was quite upset about. All they got was a bauble at the end of it, a very expensive price to pay for a couple of little performances and a slide in a rubber ring. I wouldnt recommend it as much better Christmas experiences out there for a lot less money!

43km of cycling heaven

JohnatPales, Penrith, United Kingdom
We tackled the entire circuit on a wild day in late November, starting off from Tower Nowe car park.....deserted, toilets locked ‘for the winter’ (neither of us could hang on until the Spring so went and found a was all slightly down at and display....for what exactly?...we didn’t. Once away the day improved in spite of dricpving wind, heart rain and even sleet. The trees gave a lot of shelter and choosing to go clockwise gave us the best of the lee. Surfaces throughout were good to very good and near civilisation excellent. Climbs were either short, twisty and steep or long and easy to cruise up in a granny gear. The way we went the descents were often long and swooping. Signage is adequate, but occasionally left us scratching our heads. Dark, wet wooden pillars with dark wet carved lettering under a deeply shaded forest on a short winter day on a jiggling bike are not well thought out. We were never lost, but the current 1:25000 OS map does NOT tie to the current route....particularly on the North Side. All signage died out at the rather tasteless Leaplish Water Park (complète with plastic gnomes, fake snow and sad looking reindeer........ Christmas ‘tradition’ from a Disney) and we milled about in the various car parks before seeking advice. Take care where National cycle network route 10 splits as signage here goes want to be off the logging road. Kielder Castle Cafe gave us a warm welcome, good lunch, clean toilets ( apparently they do not hang on in a Kielder...phew) and an excellent bike shop mended my wounded bike for free...what a nice man. North Side is slightly shorter but slightly hillier. On balance we preferred it’s wildness and its openness. Again wonderful climbs and swoops on a variety of good to excellent surfaces. Please do not fall off or have a major mechanical here in poor weather on short days.....there is no help, no will be walking a long time.... The South Side measured at 22km. The North with the bit across the bpdam and back to the car 21km. 790m of ascent all in little bits. Our MTB’s were slightly OTT a road bike would not do well....a gravel bike would be perfect. Lost a stars for ‘we close in Winter- itus’ ,tacky Winter Wonderland and signage. Gained one back for cafe andbike shop.



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