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.

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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