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What better way to explore the great outdoors than on foot? With over 600 square kilometres of forest and over 26 miles of shoreline to choose from, Kielder Water & Forest Park is perfect for walking and hiking holidays or family days out. From challenging long distance trails to more leisurely family strolls - there's a multitude of forest walks to choose from. Discover twenty pieces of outdoor public art scattered across the Park along your way. And thanks to the Lakeside Way, a multi-user trail that follows the 26 mile Kielder Water shoreline, you can have a unique and beautiful walking experience. See www.visitkielder.com for more information.
Open all year
Great outdoors - park over the Dam
gillian2600, Darwen, United Kingdom
We headed down to the dam at the south of kielder water, go over the dam and park at the far side. Here you can pick up the Lakeside Way path, the stretch we walked was perfect for bikes, prams and those wanting a nice easy surface to walk on.
DLM544, Luton England, United Kingdom
Lovely area for walking absolutely fantastic views could have spent a lot longer walking around the paths are very well maintained
Ok in good weather & if you want to be off grid
Steve B, Aberdeen
New lodges are nice & well equipped. The park is okay if the weather is nice, but pretty limited in poor weather. Would say it is best suited to families with kids over 5 years old so that there is more for them to do. The shop on-site is pretty limited for food & the Kielder village shop has just closed down. So if you want to self cater, then you either need to bring all your food with you or be prepared to travel 15 miles to the nearest mini supermarket in Bellingham. We tried the cafe once for breakfast but it was expensive, didn't do kids sized/priced food & had pretty poor service. There is very limited EE mobile data signal in the area & resort WiFi connection is pretty poor, so bring your own entertainment.
Cycling around Kielder
joybaker62, Hitchin, United Kingdom
My husband(63) and myself(57) cycled around Lakeside Way approximately 27 miles on our Tern Link C7 folding bicycles last week. These have 20 inch wheels and we were astounded as to how they performed on this terrain. The pathway was well maintained and although we had read reviews and watched YouTube videos we found the circular route a challenge considering the bicycles that we were on and our age but we thoroughly enjoyed it and will do it again. We took the whole day because we stopped many times, once watching a heron fishing, having our picnic at the bird hides, looking at the sculptures and regularly stopping to admire the view and to photograph the water. There were many steep areas which I needed to push my bike up but then I gleefully whizzed down the declines. For the people that are concerned about the toilets - there are enough along the way. We were disappointed that the Osprey Ferry was having its annual maintenance checks as the previous year we enjoyed a lovely sail around. Even if the weather is not up to scratch it is well worth the visit and to make the effort to cycle around. You will encounter other cyclists and walkers and possibly a runner or two.We popped into the bike shop based at Leaplish Waterside Park and the chap working there was most helpful and gave us plenty of useful advice and information. The bird life included blue tits, coal tits, sparrows, pied wagtail, starlings and chaffinch to name a few.
Woodland walking at its best
Mickle4, Bristol, United Kingdom
Spent 3 days mid-week in and around Kielder forest and lakeside. Stunning area with great views from surrounding hills. The Observatory is well worth a visit (book in advance) with a grand view of the lake !