Leaplish Waterside Park

Kielder Water & Forest Park
NE48 1BT

01434 251 000

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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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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.

Excellent weeks stay

SnowballNewcastle, Newcastle
Stayed at the park for the Feb school hols in the Otterstone Premier with our 10 and 13 yrs olds. Staff very welcoming and helpful throughout. Lodge was warm, well equipped and nicely furnished for a lodge that allows dogs. Ideally situated for all the activities around Kielder, the onsite pool has to be booked so is never crowded and going after 6pm we had it all to ourselves. Gym was well equipped too. Sea scooters are a must if you have kids. The onsite pub the Boat Inn has a good menu range, take out pizzas etc and free wifi. Sitting in the lodges hut tub at night in pitch black looking up at the amazing clear stars was brilliant. There was absolutely no phone signal anywhere and wifi only in the pub/leisure centre so you are really cut off from the world. Only downside was the activities on the water, boat hire etc all stop over the winter so you have to plan activities off site. It rained most days and other than the pool there wasn't much indoors for the kids onsite. However, enough available in the immediate area to not make this a problem, would definitely recommend.

Brilliant weekend

Angela B, Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom
We visited Leaplish waterside park for a long weekend Friday to Monday, we stayed in a log cabin with its own jacuzzi hot tub and it was brilliant ! We had a great view down to the waters edge while laying in the hot tub which was screened for privacy. The staff were friendly and helpful, the hot tub checked every day. The restaurant/pub on site, The Boat Inn was friendly with good service and the food was very nice. There is a shop on site for any bits you may forget or run out of with a reasonable selection. The cabins are Very well equipped, the kitchen had everything needed to prepare and cook a meal for a family, outside (weather permitting) there is a place to have disposable barbecue and there is a wood burner to keep you warm (first log provided) but they are for sale in shop. There is patio furniture and a picnic table down on the grassed area. Back inside the bedrooms are also well equipped, comfortable beds, robes, slippers, towels and toiletries. There was a TV in each bedroom as well as the one in the living room with a DVD player. There are organised activities which you can sign up for at reception but there are plenty walks, bike rides and good eateries in the area, as well as eating at the boat house we ate at the Pheasant Inn where had Sunday lunch, it was very good. I can deffinately recommend this as a relaxing break to recharge your batteries with beautiful scenery.

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URL: http://www.leaplish.co.uk

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