Kielder and Border Forest
Kielder Viaduct from Bakethin Nature Reserve

Kielder and Border Forest

Kielder Water & Forest Park

Experience nature on a grander scale where the views are super-sized, the night skies brightest and the activities wilder.

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Officially Britain’s best tourism experience, Kielder Water & Forest Park oozes adventure. Thrillingly remote, yet easily accessible, Northumberland’s western outpost spans 250 square miles. It boasts the biggest man-made lake in Northern Europe as well as the largest planted forest in England with 150 million trees. Hugging Kielder Water’s 27-mile shoreline, The Lakeside Way gives easy access to stunning scenic viewpoints along the lakeside and unparalleled chances to spot rare wildlife.

Kielder offers a myriad of opportunities for you to be as active or relaxed as you like. With so much to see and do here, kick off your explorations at one of Kielder’s three visitor centres, Tower Knowe, Kielder Waterside or Kielder Castle.

Kielder Forest is perfect for getting back to nature and experiencing wild food foraging.  As seen on 'More Tales from Northumberland', learn how to explore the landscape and find edible leaves, plants and mushrooms on a foraging course culminating in a meal with your finds.

For many years ospreys were seen passing through Kielder without stopping, always on the way north to more long-standing nesting sites in Scotland. As more and more of the best nesting spots were taken it was just a matter of time before they stayed south of the border. To encourage this, Forestry England installed a number of platforms around the Forest. This paid off, as following an absence of about 200 years in Northumberland, ospreys returned to nest at Kielder in 2009. By 2019 Kielder Forest was home to six breeding pairs of ospreys. To stay up to date on the ospreys at Kielder, please follow https://kielderospreys.wordpress.com/ 

Water voles were once a common sight on our local waterways but sadly numbers have declined dramatically in recent years. However, thanks to funding from the The National Lottery Heritage Fund and the support of partners in Forestry England and Tyne Rivers Trust, NWT is currently involved in a project to restore water vole populations into the Kielder catchment of the north Tyne, with a view to their eventual spread throughout the catchment and surrounding areas. To learn more about Restoring Ratty, please visit https://www.nwt.org.uk/what-we-do/projects/restoring-ratty or https://www.facebook.com/RestoringRatty/ 

Visit the bustling town of Bellingham, a welcoming hub at the gateway to Northumberland National Park. Do lunch at the Carriages Tearoom at Bellingham Heritage Centre, where local fare is served aboard restored 1950s train carriages.

Take a walk around the mystical Hareshaw Linn, a wooded gorge where the Victorians held ethereal musical evenings alongside a tumbling waterfall.

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