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 the number of breeding pairs have grown to four. 2016 was a record breaking year with ten fledging chicks. 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 and wildlife at Tower Knowe Visitor Centre or visit Kielder Castle, the former hunting lodge for the Duke of Northumberland, which now hosts a visitor centre and cafe. Kielder Waterside 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 gazer's 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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Brilliant weekend - even though the weather wasnt great!

Jane M, St. Neots, United Kingdom
We spent a weekend at Leaplish for my birthday in September and it is a family favourite and my dad's favourite place and finally his resting place. We had a two bed log cabin which was nicely decorated. Only issue we found is that the bedrooms were a bit small and I kept hurting my toe on the wall and bed. The only other issue was that I hadn't asked for a cabin without animals as the cabin stunk of wet dogs, hence the candle I suppose. On arrival we received a welcome drink at reception and in the log cabin we were given a scented candle, miggy spray, a selfie stick to use for the weekend and a board game! Most of the cabins now have hot tubs which was brilliant, looking at the stars at night with a glass of champers. Dressing gowns and slippers were also supplied. There were plenty of parks for the kids, games room, an indoor swimming pool and plenty of lovely walks. There is an onsite shop and a bar/restaurant with great food at a reasonable price. There were also plenty of activities going on all week for the kids to get involved with. On departure we were given some bottles of water and a tin of sweets for our journey, great weekend and great staff and cannot wait to return!


Garry T,
very disappointing to find that there was nowhere, to camp overnight, so we could capture dusk and dawn, which would emphasize the beauty of the area. The North Side of Kielder water was not accessible, for camping. Only one camp site is available, but this does not give any access tot eh water at all. Very Dissapointing. More needs to be done by Northumbrian water to enable visitors to fully enjoy the area.

Great paths

kittykate83, Cheadle, United Kingdom
We walked 13 miles with our dog, Tower Knowe to Leaplish and back. We had planned to use the ferry and return using a different route but the ferry only runs on certain days. The lakeside way is a very good path to walk on and we saw two wheelchair users using the path with ease. Just be careful that cyclists also use the path and can quietly sneak up behind you.

beautiful but take a waterproof just in case

feralchild2015, London, United Kingdom
Kielder has a bit of everything, bike and walking trails and a forest drive, artworks, red squirrels, restaurants, and birds of prey. The forest itself is very beautiful and if you go early with the mist floating over the water it all feels a bit magical. If its rained though, be warned places are very muddy so wear waterproof boots or willies and a waterproof coat just in case you're a long way from a shelter if theres a shower. Once you've explored everything(which could probably take a lifetime) the restaurants around the lake offer everything from a cooked breakfast to 30 different flavours of ice cream (as well as toilets and coffee lol)

Amazing scenery and well marked walks

Tomtomgoer, Kesgrave, United Kingdom
Spent a day walking through the forest on excellent maintained and waymarked walks with lots of interest, including hides with bird feeders and information boards throughout the routes. You can easily cover the Duke and Duchess Walks from Kielder Castle in a few hours, as they cover a combined distance of about 5 miles. Beautiful views throughout, and the Castle Cafe is a great stop off for a decent coffee, with plenty of food options. The adjacent public toilets were spotless, and the whole area is clearly a labour of love for those that look after it.



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