Camping in Kielder

Camping in Kielder

Camping in Kielder

Camping in Kielder


Camping and caravanning gives you the best of both worlds – a place to chill that’s also close to the action. Kielder caravan park at Leaplish Waterside Park offers pitches for both touring caravans and motor homes. There are 83 pitches available and some stunning lake and forest views. Please note, there are several other camping and caravanning sites in the area.

Day one
Why not start your day with a dip in the onsite swimming pool or by relaxing in the sauna? Prebook these activites at Leaplish. The kids can take advantage of the play garden or try their hand at the mini golf course.
There are a multitude of walking and cycling opportunities along the 26 mile Lakeside Way; a multi-user trail that encircles the shoreline of Kielder Water and gives you a unique new experience. For the first time there is access to many of the most scenic parts of the lake shore, new views and the opportunity to interact with some of the abundant wildlife.
A lovely short walk from Leaplish Waterside Park is the red squirrel hide where you are almost guaranteed to see one of our native creatures.
The Boat Inn restaurant and bar provides a scenic spot for lunch or if you have a packed lunch take advantage of one of the picnic tables outside.
During the afternoon, it’s well worth a visit to Kielder Water Birds of Prey Centre, also onsite, especially for a flying demonstration. There’s a wide variety of birds and animals to delight all ages.

Day two
The best way to see the Park is from the water so why not take a trip on the Osprey ferry or (in peak season) hire a pleasure boat of your own.
The ferry stops at Café on the water at Tower Knowe Visitor Centre (a perfect place to have lunch).

Alternatively, drive to Kielder Castle and have lunch at the Duke’s Pantry tearooms before spending the afternoon exploring the castle grounds, exhibitions, play area and maze.
Why not stay a while and use Kielder Water & Forest Park as an ideal base to explore the rest of Northumberland or even as part of a longer trip to the north of England? There are many places to visit including stretches of beautiful coastline, bustling cities and the great outdoors.
Check out our ‘what else is nearby’ page of the website to discover Northumberland, NewcastleGateshead, Durham, Scottish Borders, Cumbria and the Lake District and Yorkshire. Enjoy the freedom of your caravanning holiday.

Places and distances

Kielder Water
NE48 1ER

Thanks to the Lakeside Way, a multi-user trail that follows the 27 mile Kielder Water shoreline, you can have a unique and beautiful walking experience.

Approx 3.9 mile(s) between Lakeside Way and Kielder Waterside
Leaplish Ferry
NE48 1BT

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Kielder Water & Forest Park is now closed to the visiting public.

The health and welfare of the public is extremely important to us here at Kielder Water & Forest Park and the steps being taken by our partners are designed to help slow the spread of the Coronavirus disease, in line with government advice.

Northumbrian Water sites closed include Kielder Waterside, Tower Knowe and all associated facilities including toilets.

With views of the reservoir Kielder Waterside is the ideal base to recharge and refresh or take part in an action packed day of activities. The Boat Inn Restaurant and bar serves fresh new locally sourced menus throughout the day.

Approx 0.04 mile(s) between Kielder Waterside and Boat Inn Restaurant
Boat Inn Restaurant
NE48 1BT

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Boat Inn - Evening meals booking advised. Due to it's waterside setting, your dining experience at The Boat Inn will be accompanied by panoramic views across the water. We have a full range of hot and cold food served daily where you can enjoy Kielder's beauty in comfortable surroundings.

Approx 0.31 mile(s) between Boat Inn Restaurant and Kielder Water Birds of Prey Centre
Owl at Kielder Water Birds of Prey Centre
NE48 1BT

Visit one of the largest and most fascinating collections of birds of prey in the North of England, located within the magnificent forest lakeside surrounding Kielder Water.

Open daily except for Christmas Day.  April to mid October 10.30am-4.30pm. Mid October to March 10.30am-4.00pm.  For more information please go to

Approx 0.5 mile(s) between Kielder Water Birds of Prey Centre and The Osprey Ferry
Osprey Ferry
NE48 1ER



Please note the Osprey Ferry is currently not running.

 If you require any further information on the Ferry Timetable please contact 01434 251000.


Approx 2.54 mile(s) between The Osprey Ferry and Tower Knowe Visitor Centre
Outside Tower Knowe Visitor Centre
NE48 1BX

COVID-19 UPDATE - Tower Knowe shop is currently open and you can book your car parking ticket here -

Wafflemeister will remind closed untill further notice.


Tower Knowe, the gateway centre to Kielder Water & Forest Park, is an ideal location to orientate yourself and find out what you can do and where. Interactive exhibition, Cafe on the water, gift shop, ferry rides around the lake and fishing.

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