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Visit Kielder



Kielder forest and water park boast 600 kilometers and 27 miles of shoreline to choose from.

From challenging long distance trails to more leisurely family strolls - there's a multitude of forest walks to choose from. Discover twenty pieces of (controversial) outdoor public art along the route. View all of the artwork here.

The most popular route around the resevoir is the Lakeside Way, it is a a multi-user trail that follows the 27 mile Kielder Water shoreline which offers a unique and beautiful walking experience.


An extensive network of off-road tracks just perfect for family cycling holidays or days out awaits you. The range of routes in Kielder Water & Forest Park suit all abilities - test yourself at our skills area before you set off and you'll discover which trails are right for you.

And thanks to the Lakeside Way, a multi-user trail that follows the 27 mile Kielder Water shoreline, you can have a unique and beautiful cycling experience.

For more information including route guides, cycle events and bike hire please follow this link.

Mountain bike enthusiasts should visit here for comprehensive trail guides.

Please follow the forest cycle code and respect other visitors and wildlife.


If you are new to fishing then you should head to Tower Knowe or Leaplish visitor centres where you can pick up the required permits and a fishing starter pack.

Tokens are required to fish on the burns. These can be purchased at Kielder Castle Visitor Centre as part of the Tyne Angling Passport.

A great online interactive map on the Visit Kielder website makes it easy to find these visitor centres.

Experienced anglers should head for the Belling Inlet and Plashett's Bay at any part of the season for boat angling.

For bank angling try Whickhope Inlet and downstream from Tower Knowe Visitor Centre. Small dark fly patterns are a must, fished as dropped flies with bright attractors on the point of the cast.

When it comes to multi-bait, the Beeches Walk at Leaplish Wateside Park, Tower Knowe Visitor Centre and upstream of Hawkhope car park are good locations. The stream mouths at Matthew's Linn and Whickhope are worth a try during the spring.

Pick up a 'Go Fishing' detailed guide from one of the visitor centres.

Click the link for weekly fishing reports from Northumbrian Water.

Water Sports

Since Kielder Water is the largest man-made lake in northern Europe it attracts many for water activities.

Water activities such as canoeing, sailing, and water skiing are provided (seasonally) by professional clubs and Calvert Trust Kielder. Each of these activities must be pre-booked in advance. To avoid disappointment, please call the club based activity provider direct to pre-book your activity before arrival.

For information on arranging your trip, click here. This page also includes a guide detailing the best club to contact for your chosen sport.

If you have your own equipment, you must adhere to the rules and requirements before taking to the water and again, details must be checked in advance of your visit. The rules and regulations of Kielder Water are available to download here or from any of the visitor centres.

There are only two water skiers allowed on at one time so it is best to call and book space. Please contact Leaplish Waterside Park on 01434 251 000 for the rules and regulations, any questions, and the times visitors are allowed on the water.

Adventure Activities

Try your hand at orienteering - there are 'easy to hard' and 'hard to difficult' courses you can do in your own time at Kielder Castle Visitor Centre. Call 01434 250 209 for more information.

If fell running is your adventure sport of choice, the Park offers the opportunity to participate at your own pace all year round or at specifically organised events such as the Kielder Borderer.

Head to Calvert Trust Kielder for climbing walls, zip wire, King Swing, high ropes course and other adventure activities.


Kielder Forest Drive is a spectacular 12 mile (19 km) drive on unsealed forest road, from Kielder Castle in the west to Blakehopeburnhaugh on the A68 in the east.

The Forest Drive is one of England's highest roads, cresting over 1500 feet (450 metres) at Blakehope Nick. Here the 'big sky' views over Northumberland are simply breathtaking.

The Forest Drive is a toll road, with a 3 pound fee payable at the toll machine at the Kielder Castle end.

Please note that the surface has recently been repaired and in sections the surface is covered with loose stone. It is important to drive with caution and keep to the 20mph speed limit.


The 74 seat motor cruiser 'The Osprey' ferry is an ideal way to see Kielder Water in comfort as well as providing an opportunity to learn more about the history of the reservoir and the area.

Refreshments and toilet available onboard. Sailings call at Leaplish Waterside Park, Tower Knowe Visitor Centre and Belvedere.

It is also a great way to add to your Lakeside Way experience. The multi user trail encircles Kielder Water stretching for 27 miles. If you don't want to walk or cycle the entire route, simply use the ferry for your return journey. There is facilities available for bikes, wheelchairs and pushchairs on board (but space is limited).

Tickets can be purchased at Leaplish Waterside Park or Tower Knowe Visitor Centre. Please check with reception at Leaplish Waterside Park (01434 251 000) when booking as times and prices may be subject to change.

The cruiser can also be hired for private parties, telephone Leaplish Waterside Park reception on the above number.

Please follow this link for more information about the ferry including the up to date timetable.

Wildlife & Nature

The sheer variety of habitats in Kielder Water & Forest Park, from woodland to marshy grasslands and bogs, create homes for a whole host of wildlife and is impressive and unique in the UK. Explorers can expect to encounter badgers, roe deer, otters, shrews, seven species of bat, many woodland birds and, especially in spring, birds of prey including ospreys.

For more information including a calendar for viewing different wildlife click here.