Kielder Water & Forest Park

Kielder
Northumberland
NE48 1BT

+44 01434 220616

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Overview

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
15/10/2018

Wow


Little_Miss_Hoggle, Tenterden, United Kingdom
One of the most beautifully serene places in the world. The views around the lake/resovoir are out of this world and it is so quietly tranquil. This may be my new favourite place.
tripadvisor
14/10/2018

Beautiful


simon e, Hartlepool, United Kingdom
What a wonderful place and well worth the drive. Lots of places to visit from castle to waterfront to forest and visitor centre and even unique shopping and would highly recommend booking on to an event at the observatory. We will return
tripadvisor
12/10/2018

Fanblumintastic


kaydan49, stockton on tees
4th visit here,everytime it gets better,the views,the scenery,the wildlife,the walks,its fantastic,pub on site to eat and drink,boat hire(only £15) for a day,hot tub comes with the lodge,pub/restaurant on site is dog friendly. Loads of places to visit locally most with tea shop for refreshments,free wifi in reception area,free crazy golf and swimming,massage/facial treatments available at a cost,,loads of birds in the area,bird feeders are a must if you like that kind of thing ,we took our own along with bird food etc,squirrels,rabbitts,hedgehogs in abundance,overall a wonderful place to visit,cant praise it enough ,we will return soon,2 x bathrooms and toilets to,washing machine,dishwasher,fridge freezer.
tripadvisor
11/10/2018

Ran half of it; cycled all of it!


CazzaMLeeds, Leeds
Ran the Kielder Half Marathon and loved it! Returned a couple of days later to cycle round the whole thing. It was a stunning day with sparkling views. Incredible! I found the cycling exhilarating... Easily the most fun I've had on a bike! Loved the interesting side tracks to the various sculptures.
tripadvisor
09/10/2018

Tower Knowe Visitor Centre


_linda_hicks1, Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom
Lovely walk along Kielder Water towards the dam wall. Disappointed that cafe at visitor Centre did not have a dog friendly area, would have thought they are missing out as many people must take their dog here.
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