Home to northern Europe’s largest man-made lake, England's largest working forest and the Darkest Skies in England, Kielder Water & Forest Park is England's number one tourism attraction (Visit England 2013).
Kielder Water & Forest Park is perfect for individuals or families that love nature, water sports, exploring, walking, cycling and much more. It features mile upon mile of purpose-built trails including forest walks for all the family and dedicated mountain bike tracks.
The Lakeside Way is a 26 mile multi-user trail, suitable for walkers, cyclists, horse riders and wheelchair users, that encircles the shoreline of Kielder Water. A haven for wildlife, Kielder Water & Forest Park is also home to around 50% of England’s native red squirrel population. In 2009 it was the first time on record that a pair of ospreys had recolonised naturally in Northumberland after over 200 years of absence and since then we have had two breeding pairs while 2016 was a record breaking year with nine fledging chicks, beating 2014's eight. You can also spot otters, roe deer badgers and bats. Waterskiing and sailing enthusiasts take to the water all year round and the lake offers a huge challenge to keen trout anglers between March and October.
You can discover all you need to know about Kielder Water & Forest Park including its history at Tower Knowe Visitor Centre or visit Kielder Castle, the former hunting lodge for the Duke of Northumberland, which now hosts a visitor centre, art gallery and exhibitions. Leaplish Waterside Park boasts luxury self catering forest lodges, an indoor heated swimming pool and sauna, restaurant and bar and the Kielder Water Birds of Prey Centre.
Famed for its dark skies thanks to minimal light pollution, Kielder Water & Forest Park within Northumberland International Dark Sky Park is a star gazers’ heaven and home to the Kielder Observatory.
There is also contemporary art and architecture including the futuristic shelter design of the Belvedere, the Minotaur maze and Silvas Capitalis, also known as the ‘giant forest head’. Visitors are spoilt for choice when it comes to spending a day trip, weekend break or holiday in what the Campaign to Protect Rural England calls the most tranquil spot in the country.
The park is also home to the award winning Kielder Winter Wonderland every November and December and the Kielder Marathon every October.
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Restaurant / Cafe on site
Child / family friendly
Car parking available
Coach parking available
Credit / debit cards accepted
Dogs / pets allowed
peaceful forest walks with wonderful nature
c__h2008-12, Cambridge, United Kingdom
shhhhh.... don't tell anyone how lovely the woodland walks are here.... Kielder is a man made landscape, but there is nature here in spades. Grab a mountain bike, or go for a walk, breathe deep and relax. The cafe is fantastic at the visitor centre, very old fashioned and not remotely chintzy or National Trusted which is really refreshing, but good sandwiches and baked potatos, scones etc and hot tea. The team running the cafe are wonderful, so friendly... We'll definitely return we loved it. The Salmon Centre down the hill is great, and the maze. Super quiet in February, there were only 30 cars in the car park all day. THe whole place is low key, and attractively low impact on the landscape, not very much signage etc, which makes it feel even more remote and wild.
Great relaxing stay
thetraveller782017, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Visited with family and friends for a week and the Holiday apartments were nice and good size room...ours accommodating 5. It is a lovely place if you want to see wild birds come up to you...lovely sight. The kitchen was well catered for but the table with chair seemed to me in an awkward position. The view of the lake was beautiful and local shop was equipped with souvenirs and others things you may have forgotten. The area did have 'wifi' but not in the apartments as you had to go the gift shop to access it. The local walks through the pine forest were beautiful and very relaxing and varied according to walking ability.
Excellent Lakeside Track
robric1, Durham, United Kingdom
I have been an infrequent visitor to Kielder for years - mostly for cycling. I've been twice so far this year and will go again. On my last trip I cycled round the lake on the well made track. It's about 25 miles round and although running mostly close to the waterside it is certainly not flat and the challenge should not be underestimated. On a decent day there is nothing better to do. En route there are bird hides, installation art, picnic areas and other necessary facilities. The wild scenery is great too. After all these years I've suddenly found a new appreciation for the place.
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Carolyne C, Bradford, United Kingdom
We came to Kielder on a summer break last year and loved it so much we came back for our Easter hols. The Gruffalo trail starting at Kielder Castle was a big hit again and is a surefire win at keeping your younger walkers enthusiastic. The trail has improved this year with better signage and harder wearing paths in parts. It took about 50 minutes to complete and included wooden sculptures of the eponymous Gruffalo as well as the Gruffalo's child (sleeping) and Stick Man. Brilliant!
Amazing visit to Kielder Winter Wonderland
lcanp2016, Darlington, United Kingdom
We had a fantastic time and definitely hope to return again next year. Our children 8 and 5 found the whole experience magical and couldn't believe what santa knew about them. They loved making the reindeer in the elves workshop which they got to keep and the gift they received from santa was lovely. Even the parents got a gift which was great. We had none stop fun all day and made great memories. Stunning location. Would not recommend buying the train tickets. Would definitely recommend this experience.