Kielder Waterside

Kielder Forest Park
NE48 1BT

01434 251 000

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Find within approx miles of Kielder Waterside


With panoramic views of the reservoir, this is the ideal base to recharge and refresh or take part in an action packed day of activities.

Facilities are open to both day visitor and guests (staying in the woodland four and five star self-catering lodges or the 99 pitch caravan site for motor homes and touring caravans).

Visitors have access to professional training and tuition for a range of mainstream sporting activities to suit everyone as part of a ‘Go Active Break’. Go Active is ideal for those looking to get active, try out new sports and enjoy a healthier holiday.

Activities include archery and junior archery,Crossbows (over 18's only),fencing, table tennis, Fundamentals (gymnastics for young children), 'Snorkelling & Seascooters'(underwater propellers to power around the pool), water walkerz (walk on water in the pool inside an inflatable ball) and disc golf. Pentanque (French Boules)Pre-booking is essential.

We are hoping to add some new and exciting activities by the start of the Summer holidays.

Come here to:

  • Have coffee, lunch, an alcoholic beverage or an evening meal at the Boat Inn restaurant & bar.
  • Go to the Kielder Water Birds of Prey Centre.
  • Board the Osprey ferry (subject to pre-booking and timetable).
  • Start a walk or bike ride along the Lakeside Way.
  • Unwind in the sauna or swim in the heated indoor pool (pre-booking required).
  • Play minature golf or try out the children's play area.
  • Visit the red squirrel hide.
  • Shop for souvenirs.
  • Hire pleasure boats (seasonal).
  • Hire fishing boats (pre-booking essential).
  • Purchase fishing permits and get up to date information.
  • Stay in a woodland lodge as part of a Go Active break.
  • Keep your eyes peeled for some of the Kielder Super Six - red squirrels, ospreys (seasonal) and salmon. See the wildlife page for details about the Super Six.

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Lots on offer

Carolyne C, Bradford, United Kingdom
Enjoyed a morning at Leaplish and started with a walk, with our youngest cycling, along part of the waterside path. It's a picturesque walk with views across Kielder and the route winds in and out of the forest. Parking was £5 for the day and the ticket can be used at all Kielder car parks. After our walk we want to the Boat House for refreshments before checking out the extremely cute chicks in the incubator in the shop. My youngest then tested out the play area before we headed off to Kielder Castle. Leaplish also has the fantastic Birds of Prey centre and displays, mini golf and an indoor pool. Something for everyone.

Area of beauty

JoJoWonders, Northumberland, United Kingdom
Set in Keilder water and forest this is a beautiful area to visit or stay. There is plenty to do at the leaplish site, crazy golf, sailing, a drink and a meal at the restaurant or a walk around the reservoir.

Magical Winter Wonderland

Chrissie A, County Durham, United Kingdom
First visit to keilder for their annual winter wonderland and would definitely recommend it for that and for a visit during the summer months which we will probably be doing.. Loads of activities and not too crowded the santa experience was magical santa saying each child's name with a little story about each one my eldest daughter loved the ice skating and the youngest the train ride she even fell asleep on a hay bale wiped out from the activities.. our chalet was excellent spotless clean with a Christmas tree with a sack of edible goodies under milk tea and coffee provided incase you'd forgotten it.. Only thing that could of made it better was some snow.. Food was a bit overpriced around the site but our meal in the boathouse on the evening was gorgeous and the beavers made it even better with jokes and songs including all the kids..

A very relaxing and enjoyable stay

We stayed at Leaplish for 4 nights and it was extremely enjoyable. Our main objective was cycling and whilst the options for road cycling were limited (mountain biking would be excellent) the local roads are in very good condition. We managed a couple of excellent rides (also see my post re fabulous espresso in Bellingham) and the lack of vehicle traffic was a joy. We also did some great walking and the local trails are well signposted. I even got used to the lack of mobile reception!! The lodge was extremely well equipped, particularly the kitchen with oven, hob, microwave, washing machine, fridge-freezer, dish washer and sufficient tea, coffee, milk, washing up liquid and dishwasher tabs. The shower was adequate and there was also a bath. There was a TV in each bedroom (2) and the lounge. The lodge was very clean and everything was in full working order. Make sure you take favourite food and drink with you. There is a store on site but limited choice. There is a good (albeit small) co-op in Bellingham (approx 14 miles away). Also good bar/restaurant on site and a few others a short drive away. All in all a great short break.

Lovely, languid, Leaplish!

Fraser L, Morpeth, United Kingdom
Our first visit back in the 70's was before the Kielder reservoir existed and the area was dotted with small communities which now lie under water. The various owners over time have invested in making this a tourist attraction, a wildlife sanctuary, a cycling bonanza, a country park with pubs and restaurants etc. Leaplish is particularly beautiful and the views are spectacular over the waters, especially when viewed from the Boat Inn! There is a shop and swimming pool and later in the season all sorts of marine activities and crazy golf. There are several lodges sited in the woods nearby which are designed for year-round tourist occupation. Stress-free walks nearby too.



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