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 absence in Northumberland it is a delight to see ospreys thriving at Kielder. In 2017 we saw our 50th chick fledge, with all four breeding pairs producing chicks. Since 2009, when re-colonisation 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
18/04/2019

Cycle trip around the lake


katelauren1, County Durham, United Kingdom
Had a fantastic cycle of 27 miles around Kielder Reservoir starting at Kielder water, very well maintained cycle path with many hills up and down and great facilities at Kielder water overall a great trip
tripadvisor
18/04/2019

Great place to visit lots of amazing views, breathtaking forest.


Emma H, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Well worth a visit you can park for the whole day and move your ticket to all the different car parks for different walks. We finished at the Castle for refreshments. It’s huge breathtaking scenery great walks.
tripadvisor
16/04/2019

Lovely place to walk


JohnMason1957, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Had heard about Kielder for many years but this was my first visit. Approaching from Scotland, stopped at the Castle for information, then drove further round. Great walk for an hour including crossing the dam and seeing the wave chamber.
tripadvisor
14/04/2019

amazing view and brilliant for holiday


erickchang,
Myself and my friend went camping and stayed three nights here. The landscape here is so amazing and stunning. And really friendly residents and nice walk around the lake. Really glad managed it to come here for holidays and would come back soon as soon as possible. If you are planning a great trip to North England, please make sure you could come here, the landscapes, the nature and the view would really worthy of it.
tripadvisor
13/04/2019

Great stay in the forest


LizGraceR,
The lodge was warm, clean and well-equipped. We liked staying in a log cabin.Nearby was a pub to eat & a cafe for breakfast- also good self-catering facilities, including a microwave and dishwasher. We enjoyed the forest walks & the water walk was great fun. We didn't see any red squirrels & the boat trips were not running.
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