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Kielder Water & Forest Park

Kielder Water & Forest Park

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Home to northern Europes largest man-made lake and England's largest forest, Kielder Water & Forest Park is one of Northumberland's best attractions.

It is perfect day out in Northumberland for individuals or families that love nature, water sports, exploring, walking, cycling and much more. Stay a little longer in one of Kielder's Lodges - Scandinavian-style luxury lodges.

Kielder Water & Forest Park 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, a record breaking osprey couple became the first birds for at least 200 years to successfully raise chicks in Northumberland. 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 having the darkest night skies in England thanks to minimal light pollution, Kielder Water & Forest Park is a star gazers heaven and is 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.

Get away from it all and escape to the darkest skies in England at Kielder Water & Forest Park in Northumberland for a weekend away star gazing..

The following car parks at Kielder are now open from 8am to 10pm:

  • Hawkhope
  • Kielder Dam South Abutment
  • Tower Knowe
  • Matthew’s Linn
  • Bakethin Nature Reserve
  • Kielder Castle

Skyspace lower car park and Elf Kirk car park are open from 9am to 5pm. Normal car parking charges apply. All of these car parks, with the exception of Kielder Castle, Lower Skyspace and Elf Kirk, can be paid for in advance at Kielder Membership/Discovery Pass holders can use their pass to park, as normal.

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Telephone: 0345 155 0236


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