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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Dates & times for Kielder Water & Forest Park, Kielder

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tripadvisor
15/02/2018

Fab holiday


Beth D,
This is our second visit to Kielder. We love it up here; the beautiful scenery, fresh air and tranquility (well, as tranquil as it can be with young kids and dogs in tow!). It’s a great base from which to explore the surrounding are and hop across the border into Scotland, or stay close and just go on lots of bracing winter walks around the reservoir. We love it and will definitely be back :-)
tripadvisor
10/02/2018

Wonderful, quiet, scenic week


paul j, Doncaster, United Kingdom
First class experience, spotless warm chalet, first rate staff who can't do enough for their visitors
tripadvisor
08/02/2018

Winter wonderland


RaydeCastro, Pasig, Philippines
This was one pf the highlights of my UK trip. We went there to make sure that the weather should be snowing so this will show as a winter wonderland and it was a perfect day. Here are the pictures and videos of pir trip.
tripadvisor
05/02/2018

Winter walk


tynesalmon, South Shields, United Kingdom
If it's a good dog walk on decent lakeside and forest paths this is the place to be , really dog friendly with safe parking this area of Northumberland is a must ,although really rural the area is well served with good pubs and restaurants catering for everyone from cheap snacks to al a cartel menus . Our winters now make kielder more accessible ,even in bad weather you can easily pick your time . The BBC weather on line for the area is very reliable , we have found reliable within reason hour by hour .
tripadvisor
03/02/2018

My Home


josephjacques10, Byrness, United Kingdom
I have visited this area for over 50 years so when the opportunity came up 7 years ago to live in one of the villages within Kielder I jumped at the chance. know known as one of the darkest places in the world to view the stars due to very little lite pollution us is fantastic I see something differant every time I look at the sky. Every season offers something different the snow so beautiful on the trees the snow drops poping through then the trees in bud the daffodils blowing in the breeze every season offering a new look then there's the wild life frogs mice shrews snakes flowers wild goats Deer hedgehogs plus a massive selection of birds beautiful walks I can go on FOR ever all I can say 300 square miles of Kielder including the reservoir boat trips water skiing fishing caravan parks boating. look us up come and visit good pubs good grub we are the BEST
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