Kielder Waterside

Kielder Forest Park
NE48 1BT

01434 251 000

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Find within approx miles of Kielder Waterside


With panoramic views of the reservoir, this is the ideal base to recharge and refresh or take part in an action packed day of activities. Facilities are open to both day visitor and guests (staying in the luxury four and five star self-catering lodges or the 58 pitch caravan site for motor homes and touring caravans).

Our onsite shop is open 24 hours a day, seven days week, purchase fresh produce, everyday essentials or unique gifts. Please be aware that due to licensing laws alcohol can not be served between 11pm and 10am.

Visitors have access to professional training and tuition for a range of mainstream sporting activities to suit everyone as part of a ‘Go Active Break’. Go Active is ideal for those looking to get active, try out new sports and enjoy a healthier holiday.

Activities include archery and junior archery, fencing, crossbows (over 18's only), table tennis, Crazy Carts ,snorkelling & sea scooters (underwater propellers to power around the pool), water walkerz (walk on water in the pool inside an inflatable ball), disc golf, pentanque (French Boules). Pre-booking is essential.

Come here to;

  • Have coffee, lunch, an alcoholic beverage or an evening meal at the Boat Inn restaurant & bar. To find out more about the Boat Inn please visit  -
  • Go to the Kielder Water Birds of Prey Centre.
  • Enjoy a bistro style meal in our cosy café, The Hide.
  • Board the Osprey ferry (subject to pre-booking and timetable). Start a walk or bike ride along the Lakeside Way.
  • Unwind in the sauna or swim in the heated indoor pool (pre-booking required).
  • Play minature golf or try out the children's play area. Both of these are part of Kielder Art & Architecture.
  • Visit the red squirrel hide.
  • Shop for souvenirs.
  • Hire pleasure boats (seasonal).
  • Hire fishing boats (pre-booking essential).
  • Purchase fishing permits and get up to date information.
  • Stay in a luxury lodge as part of a Go Active break.
  • Keep your eyes peeled for some  red squirrels, ospreys (seasonal) and salmon.


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Top place to visit

George D,
Stayed in a Ash Premier Spa Brilliant clean warm and very welcoming every thing you could need is there. Kitchen utensils are cheap and very flimsy not suitable for purpose but only a minor problem. Our stay was perfect My wife and I have visited Kielder for 16 years as day visitors and always wanted to stay for a week and very glad we did. My son,Granddaughter, and her boyfriend are now new converts to the Kielder experience and we cannot wait for or next holiday there. The Staff are fantastic and are only to happy to sort any problems out all you have to do is ring them and inform them of your problem and they sort it out ASAP A very well done to all Kielder Staff

Weekend visit

Kate I,
This is the first time we have booked a lodge with a hot tub and also this was our first visit to this area. The lodge itself is clean and well equipped. Dressing gown and slippers are provided for you to use whilst using the hot tub. The hot tub was gorgeous and the view amazing. Boys really enjoyed the hot tub. One night was particularly clear sky’s with amazing view of star constellations. We cycled the 26 miles around Kielder Water- bikes are well maintained and for an adult they cost £25 for a full day. We set off around 11ish. If you are unsure if you are going to be able to cycle round check the ferries are running- sadly for us they were not running- we had to keep cycling. Cycle shop is open 9-5 so we didn’t leisurely cycle round. We had a time constraint to be back by. We set off at pace, following signs for Lakeland Way. Thankfully we went right towards the Dam as apparently this meant from the castle area it would be mainly down hill😂. We made it round in 5 hours with a number of 10 minute breaks and taking into account when we had to push the bikes up one particular part. The one thing that surprised me was the lack of facilities around the lake. I know school holidays coming to an end but I was surprised that everywhere looked shut. The great feeling at the end of the bike ride was YEAH we did it. It was great once we were back to get straight into the hot tub. We played the crazy golf but sadly it is not well maintained. The course itself is ok but just a little TLC would be great. We are also coeliacs and have to follow a strict gluten free diet. I had phoned ahead and they said they stocked items but I could only see a packet of crackers and some Macaroons in the on site shop. The pub on site- staff are helpful but they advertise on the menu Gluten Free chips when I asked further they aren’t gluten free as they haven’t a separate fryer to cook them. I would recommend and I would return.


As a place of natural beauty I feel more care should be taken to keep the area clean and tidy for the safety of wildlife and visitors and also for the preservation of the site. Whilst visiting recently for the day we parked in the lower car park and decided to have a game of crazy golf, some of the obstacles were broken but what was more off putting was the amount of litter over the course and in the man made streams. After golf we sat on one of the picnic benches to enjoy our lunch, once finished we packed up our rubbish and went to put it in one of the bins provided. Every single waste bin was overflowing with rubbish and clearly had been like that for days, I find this disgraceful in such a setting. The toilets to the rear of the restaurant were filthy and someone had vomited in one of the cubicles and left it there. People smoking on the kids play area. Most of the activities for whatever reason were not being put on, it’s the middle of the school holidays and our children were left disappointed and fed up I was looking forward to our visit but left very disappointed and won’t be returning.

Ideal for walking

bradders242, Wimborne Minster, United Kingdom
A great place to enjoy the lake and surroundings on many walks including the 27mile round the lake walk. Several places to snack


Peter G,
Staying a week nearby and did a number of walks with our dog from various points around the water. Always something to look at. And the weather was fantastically varied. Not many better places to go for an easy walk in a beautiful setting.



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