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
20/09/2018

Great


George D,
Can not fault Kielder at all we’ll worth a visit for a day if you can not stay Longer The air alone is great ,clean and fresh Plenty of wildlife also
tripadvisor
18/09/2018

Simply stunning


Tim F,
Whilst only scraping the surface of what the location had to offer it is somewhere I’d go back too. Some excellent trails and the forest drive was well worth doing
tripadvisor
15/09/2018

Various and wide interesting things to rnjoy


bradders242, Wimborne Minster, United Kingdom
With walking our priority this was more than satisfied but in visiting the various venues there is much to do
tripadvisor
09/09/2018

Bull Crag peninsula walk


Rolfies, lincolnshire
Smashing walk around the peninsula, around six miles, slightly undulating but good path. Great views of the water, reasonably well signposted. Not many places to perch for a brew. Saw deer, rabbits, a huge selection of weird and wonderful fungi but alas no red squirrels!
tripadvisor
08/09/2018

Forrest drive.


GTSSurrey, Bisley, United Kingdom
The Kielder Forest drive runs between Blakehopeburnhaugh on the A68 and Kielder castle and can be driven or ridden in either direction for a small toll (around £5 per day). The roadway is used by timber trucks so can be a bit bumpy and as a working forest road is a bit bumpy in places so not suitable for low slung vehicles; there is limited (in practice no) mobile phone signal for most of the 12 mile length of the road. All that said the road takes you through some beautiful sights across the forest and into some of the really quiet and less visited parts of the landscape so it is, in my opinion, worth the drive and the toll. Vehicles are going to get dusty or dirty (depending on the amount of rainfall) and don't follow too close if you want to avoid a chipped screen. Other than those concerns the roadway is a must visit in my opinion and we really enjoy the trip no matter how many times we travel the road; there is always something new to see if you take to time to look.
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