Kielder Water & Forest Park

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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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A bitter sweet experience

snapper-jack32, Leeds, United Kingdom
One of the best lodges we have ever stayed In. Extremely well kitted out, the cooking equipment was unbelievable for a self catering lodge. The only down side to our holiday was the midge flys. They swarmed our lodge in the hundreds and thousands, we couldn't sit out and enjoy our hot tub as we were getting eaten alive! Over the three days we have over 100 bites so make sure you go well prepared with creams. The staff on site were all so lovely and welcoming but we were beaten by the midge!

Half term visit

Daniel R,
My family and I stayed in the Cheviot Superior booked through Hoeseasons. The lodge was ready on time, clean and stocked with a few welcome items to get our holiday started. At reception we were offered a glass of prosecco and given a brief introduction to the park and a welcome pack. The staff are great and facilities fantastic. The four of us didn't feel the need to leave the site during our four day stay despite the weather. In short a lovely well run park with great facilities in a beautiful part of the world.


Jon S, Kendal, United Kingdom
Such a great place to visit with well marked walking routes to suit all,from 20 minute walks up to 3- 4 hours. The biking is fantastic with red,blue, greenand black routes-2.5 miles up to 30+ with different skill levels? We had the red run all to ourselves- hard but "such fun"

A beautiful part of the world

Eric K,
I've not been to kielder for over 10 years I will not be leaving it so long next time. There is so much more to do now. I will have to have a longer stay than just three days next time.

Natural beauty at its best.

Stuart C, Redcar
This is a really very beautiful part of Northumberland with miles and miles of natural beauty. There are numerous places to stop in Kielder Water and each one is different with views over looking the reseviour at each place you stop. There is plenty if parking facilities and plenty of cafes or hostelries to sit in an d just take in the breathtaking scenery. There is plenty also to keep the children occupied and of course if you love cycling there is no better place to visit then here.



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