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
17/06/2018

Fathers day visit


Steeler21,
Had a lovely visit to Kielder. Coffee and cake then a walk with the dog. Thought parking was expensive £5 for the but this is transferable between all areas. Great for dogs.
tripadvisor
13/06/2018

Walk with wife and dogs


penduss, Halifax, United Kingdom
Took a drive up to the forest today from Hagerstown caravan park today. Hell or a drive 63 miles 1hour and 40 mins we couldn’t believe the roads we went down to get there, a lot of them wide enough for a car, don’t be put off or think your sat nav has gone mad plenty of passing places and not a lot of cars. Lovely walking when we got there. Nice clean cafe for coffee and buns after,if you enjoy walking in forests you’ll love it
tripadvisor
05/06/2018

Forest Drive easily done on motorbike with road tyres


NottmFoody, Nottingham
£3 toll to use the track. It’s mainly compacted gravel. Best to avoid the sump line as the gravel is very loose there. I did it in the wet and there was no issues. Where there is a little dirt, it was that compact that it wasn’t muddy. Just a little slimy!! Great views. Well worth the detour. If I was in a car, if it is low ground clearance with spoiler/ skirt etc I would avoid. It’s not overly bumpy, but in places the tyre tracks were compacted way below the sump line!
tripadvisor
01/06/2018

Walkabout


Adybaby72, Darwen, United Kingdom
Drove over from Hexham, and stopped at several points around the reservoir. Plenty of parking sites around the area and cheap prices for an hour or all day!! There’s a bike trek all the way around the water with not too many inclined to struggle over!! Will definitely come back at a later stage!!
tripadvisor
28/05/2018

Log cabins


Rowley2010,
Lovely location (cabin10) beautiful scenery, cycling weekend, anglers atms is a great stop off for cycling
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