Kielder Water & Forest Park

Kielder
Northumberland
NE48 1BT

+44 01434 220616

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Overview

visit england awards for excellence 2013

 

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 England's number one tourism attraction (Visit England 2013).

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. In 2009 it was the first time on record that a pair of ospreys had recolonised naturally in Northumberland after over 200 years of absence and since the number of breeding pairs have grown to four. 2016 was a record breaking year with ten fledging chicks. 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, an 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
22/04/2018

Nice


Hootie1963, Manchester, United Kingdom
Visited today in not the best weather. Really nice scenery, visitors centres very good. Enjoyed seeing the Ospreys in the viewing area. Staff well informed & approachable
tripadvisor
17/04/2018

Stunning in Spring


JaneSK6, Stockport, United Kingdom
We visited in March and stayed in a clear sky lodge hoping to see the aurora borealis and clear views of the stars...neither was possible. it was still very cold with snow on the hills and drifts against the dry stone walls; Spring was very late this year; the Kielderwater was grey and choppy, windy and cold yet we had a fabulous time. So many walks, Breathtaking scenery and some lovely drives. Our lodge had splendid views of the valley at e north end of the lake. Birds flocked to our bird table in the mornings. With few people about at this time of year, peace and quiet prevails. There are lots of activities when the weather allows - sailing, fishing, kayaking - sadly no swimming in the lake - it's drinking water. Kielder Castle is worth a visit and Hadrian's wall. A visit to Melrose Abbey and Rosslyn (the latter 2 hr drive further north) were well worth the drive. The overcast sky prevented a visit to the Observatory. Our accommodation was welcoming, warm and clean and comfortable. We would definitely return. No matter what time of year stout walking shoes and rain gear are recommended.
tripadvisor
17/04/2018

Love the Kielder Forest


doubleqsjewels, Norwich, United Kingdom
When you enter the Kielder Forest the view is amazing, surrounded by enormous trees it's a pretty special place to explore. We parked up at the Castle area car park and explored that area - make sure you have change for the car park. The trails are wonderfully set up and we thoroughly enjoyed our time there.
tripadvisor
16/04/2018

Wonderful spot.


woosterShropshire, Shropshire
Its a shame the ferry only runs on a Saturday and Wednesday on as that would have been nice. Everything else spot on well worth the visit.
tripadvisor
12/04/2018

Lovely walks


Caroline W, Prudhoe, United Kingdom
We had a great two days of walking - discovered the north bank walks and the Kielder Viaduct. Wrap up well, wear walking boots and enjoy the peace!
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