On 26 November 2021, the north of England experienced significant northerly winds leading to storm damage which affected trees, buildings and other infrastructure. Storm Malik and Storm Corrie over weekend 29th/30th January 2022 and Storm Dudley on 16th February has led to more trees falling over and slowing down the recovery process.
Forestry England are still planning and implementing the safe and prompt removal of windblown trees across our forests and multiple sites, including our trails. The safe removal of windblown trees is a complex operation, requiring planning, machinery, and skilled operators.
Teams at Forestry England are working as fast as they can, but in some areas the size and complexity of the damage and remote locations is going to take months to fix.
Storm damaged trees can be unstable and dangerous. Forest England need to make trees safe, within two tree-lengths of all of our trails. Unfortunately this means some facilities remain closed. Forest England will update the below list weekly so that we can keep updates timely. Great progress is being made on opening formal access routes and we expect more access to be open during mid to late spring.
Long term trail closures at Kielder into late 2022/2023 are now predicted to be only Lonesome Pine mtb trail and Bastle forest walk at Sidwood with all other routes being planned to be opened during 2022.
We ask that everyone stays on the main forest tracks and adhere to all information/ warning signs and barriers at all times.
We thank you for your patience and co-operation.