Winner of England's best tourism experience - Visit England Awards 2013

Home to northern Europe’s largest man-made lake and England's largest forest, Kielder Water & Forest Park is one of Northumberland's best attractions. It is perfect for individuals or families that love nature, water sports, exploring, walking, cycling and much more.

Tower Knowe visitors centre at Kielder

Tower Knowe visitors centre at Kielder

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 three chicks were born to a record breaking osprey couple - the first birds for at least 200 years to successfully raise chicks in Northumberland. So far they have returned to breed every year since. You can also spot see a range of rare wildlife including the Kielder Super Six: osprey, red squirrel, pipistrelle bat, roe deer, salmon and otter.

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.

Cycling around Kielder Water

Cycling around Kielder Water

Visitors to Kielder lodges at Leaplish Waterside Park have access to professional training and tuition for a range of mainstream sporting activities to suit everyone as part of a ‘go active’ break.

Activities include: archery and junior archery, fencing, crossbow, table tennis, snorkelling, FUNdamentals (gymnastics for young children), sea scooters (underwater propellers to power around the pool), disc golf (launch specially designed frisbees into targets across a large outdoor course), petanque (a form of boules), short mat bowls (indoor bowls for all the family), water walkerz (walk on water in the pool inside a floating inflatable ball) and skip-hop (skipping and hip-hop dance moves).

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 alongside Northumberland National Park who is seeking Dark Sky Reserve Status, KW&FP is currently in the process of bidding for Dark Sky Park Status. If successful, together they will create the world’s third largest area of protected starry skies. For more information click here.

Kielder Observatory

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.

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Red Squirrel Safari
Wildlife events
Search for red squirrels and discover their way of life in a changing world. Join professional naturalist, Bruce Ferguson, to track down one of Britain’s best loved animals, the red squirrel. Mu ...
Osprey 12 MTB Race
Sporting Event
12 hour mountain bike race on the blue Osprey trail. Solo or pairs. ...
Osprey Ferry
Sport and Leisure
Kielder
  OSPREY FERRY  Please note the Osprey Ferry is currently not running.  If you require any further information on the Ferry Timetable please contact 01434 251000.   ...
Essential Bushcraft Skills
Workshops
An introduction to the basics for survival with top northern bushcraft teacher, Bruce Ferguson, with over 30 years bushcraft experience: shelter, fire, food and water. ...
A Night Safari at Kielder Castle
Wildlife events
Hunt for the elusive night life of the forest including bats, owls and creepy crawlies of all descriptions. Join professional naturalist, Bruce Ferguson, on a night time expedition in search of some o ...
Main Evening Event
Star gazing events
Spend an evening at the Kielder Observatory with a team of experienced astronomers and we will share with you the wonders of the Universe. We are located in the heart of the Dark Sky Park and our fant ...
Zog Activity Trail
Family Attraction
Kielder
Zog is the new activity trail for families to enjoy at Kielder Castle in 2019. Launched on 11 January, the trail follows the premiere of the animated special from Magic Light Pictures, on BBC One duri ...
Silvas Capitalis
Art and Architecture
Kielder
The landscape around Kielder Water & Forest Park has become home to a unique collection of visual art and architecture. ...
Leaplish Ferry
Nature and Wildlife
Kielder
With views of the reservoir Kielder Waterside is the ideal base to recharge and refresh or take part in an action packed day of activities. The Boat Inn Restaurant and bar serves fresh new l ...
James Turrell Skyspace
Great Outdoors
Kielder
  Created by internationally acclaimed American artist James Turrell, the Kielder Skyspace is a sculptural artwork at the Cat Cairn viewpoint where the artist manipulates our normal perceptions ...
Weekend Late Night Event
Star gazing events
Most Fridays and Saturdays in the late slot (approx. midnight-3am, please check website for times) we run our premium weekend events. These run similar to our main evening events but have a reduced nu ...
Assisted Abseil
Adventure Sports
Kielder
Calvert Trust Kielder offers exciting and exhilarating outdoor adventure activities, fully accessible for the whole family, in the heart of Kielder Water & Forest Park, home to the largest man-mad ...
Minotaur Maze at Kielder Water
Garden
Kielder
The Minotaur Maze is a must for children and adults alike. The adventurous will discover a number of special features that include a small glittering room formed from rocks of recycled glass. ...
Northumberland Dark Sky Park
Great Outdoors
Kielder
Northumberland International Dark Sky Park was unveiled in December 2013. At 572 square miles (1,483 square kilometres) it is also Europe’s largest area of protected night sky. Due to its pristi ...
Kielder 4x4 Safari
Outdoor Event
The Kielder 4×4 Safari is an off road adventure driving your own 4x4 on the tracks and trails of Kielder Forest. Kielder 4×4 Safari is an event based in Northumberland, the event exists to ...
Family bushcrafts
Family event
Build a shelter, light a fire, cook a meal, make something to take away. You’ll need to build a shelter, your own den in the woods. You’re going to eat so you’ll build and light your ...
Dark Skies Star Gazing
Star gazing events
Discover the beauty of the Dark Skies of Kielder. We’ll start with an introductory indoor session using an amazing software programme that allows you to view all the wonders of the night sky in ...
Kielder Vintage and Classic Vehicle Show
Shows & Displays
There will be an amazing display of vintage vehicles at Kielder Castle: cars, motorbikes, tractors, buses and more! Visit the craft fair in the castle to browse for unusual handmade gifts. Grab a bite ...
Boat Inn Restaurant
Pubs, Bars & Inns
Kielder
Boat Inn - Evening meals booking advised. Due to it's waterside setting, your dining experience at The Boat Inn will be accompanied by panoramic views across the water. We have a full range of ho ...
Star trails
Science and Technology
Kielder
Kielder Observatory is an astronomical attraction at Kielder Water & Forest Park run by the Kielder Observatory Astronomical Society. Please visit www.kielderobservatory.org for all event bookings ...
Edible wild mushrooms
Wildlife events
There’s a certain amount of fear in Britain about eating wild mushrooms and although we do well to treat them with respect, fungi can be a wonderful source of food and can add a great deal of in ...
Picnic bench
Great Outdoors
Kielder
Kielder Castle is the visitor centre for Kielder Forest. Features include information centre, tearoom and exhibitions about forestry and conservation. Bike hire available.   ...
Specialist Events
Talk/Lecture
In response to feedback from guests we have started an exciting new programme of events called “Physics in the Forest". These late night events take place in our new state-of-the-art Gillian Dic ...
Straker Chalet at dusk
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Self Catering
Kielder
Fully accessible, comfortable Scandanavian lodges set in the beautiful Kielder Water & Forest Park and close to the tranquil shores of Kielder Water. Activities and home cooked meals are also avai ...
Lewis Burn 8
Cycling events
New for 2019 is the Lewis Burn 8.  This 8 hour race is based on the delightful Lewis Burn trail on the south shore of Kielder reservoir.  The loop will be just under 9 miles long with plenty ...
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Cycling events
Deep winter 24 hour mountain bike race for the less sane of mind. Solo, pairs or quads. ...
Fishing at Kielder Water and Forest Park and Fontburn
Fishing
Kielder
Northumbrian Water trout fisheries in the north east of England has built up a well deserved reputation for offering top quality fishing. ...
Kielder Caravan & Camping Site
Caravan & Camping
Kielder
Relaxing 70 pitch, riverside site ideal for tents, touring caravans and campers in England's most remote Village. ...
Outside Kielder Salmon Centre
Nature and Wildlife
Kielder
Kielder Salmon Centre, open April to 31st October, is operated by the Environment Agency. A modern visitor centre with touch screen and video displays describing the life cycle of the Atlantic Salmon ...
Kielder Lodge
Book online
Self Catering
Kielder
Nestled in Ravenshill Forest, Kielder Village providing tranquillity amongst nature, accommodation  comprises of barn conversion and lodge's with hot tubs. ...
Family Bushcrafts Survival Challenge
Family event
A family survival adventure – stick together, solve the problems, learn the skills, stay alive. Your light airplane has crash landed in dense forest hundreds of miles from civilisation. You have ...
Cycling along the Lakeside Way
Adventure Sports
Kielder
Kielder Water & Forest park's rugged wilderness is MTB heaven. Experience some of the best singletrack trails in the UK with breathtaking views. ...
man walking
Walking
Kielder
What better way to explore the great outdoors than on foot? With over 600 square kilometres of forest and over 26 miles of shoreline to choose from, Kielder Water & Forest Park is perfect for walk ...
Family Events
Family event
Our early evening events are aimed to be fun and interesting to everyone, including families with younger children and for these events we offer reduced family tickets for two adults and two children. ...
The Dirty Reiver
Cycling events
  The UK's biggest Gravel Cycle Event with distances from 200km - 65km. Open to all off-road bikes, though we do recommend a Gravel Style Bike and a new E-Bike category This iconic event, now in ...
Kielder castle
Group Attraction
Kielder
Home to Northern Europe's biggest man made lake, the largest working forest in England and the darkest skies in England, Kielder Water & Forest Park is the ideal destination for group travellers. ...
Forest wildlife safari
Wildlife events
Discover the secret life of the forest - join professional naturalist, Bruce Ferguson and uncover the tracks, trails and signs left behind by its secretive inhabitants from red squirrels and deer to i ...
Aurora Show lodge
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Self Catering
Kielder
Luxury lodges on the lakeside of Kielder Water boast panoramic views stretching over the lake and forest. ...
Kielder 26 MIle Sponsored Bike Ride
Cycling events
Take part in an exhilarating 26 mile sponsored bike ride around the breath-taking shoreline of Kielder Water and raise money to help give a disabled person a life changing experience. Enjoy a fantasti ...
Kielder Caravan Park
Caravan & Camping
Kielder
The caravan park is a perfect base to enjoy your visit to Kielder Water & Forest Park. ...
Tarset Tor Bunkhouse
Self Catering
Kielder
Tarset Tor Bunkhouse and Bothies are located in the Northumberland National Park.  Offering versatile, eco-friendly, self-catering accommodation. ...
Kielder Water
Sport and Leisure
Kielder
Thanks to the Lakeside Way, a multi-user trail that follows the 27 mile Kielder Water shoreline, you can have a unique and beautiful walking experience.  ...
Kielder MTB Marathon
Cycling events
50 mile sportive or 100 mtb race using the trails around Kielder ...
Heather
Great Outdoors
Kielder
Kielder Water & Forest Park is the ultimate outdoor playground that everyone can enjoy. ...
27 B&B Kielder village
Eviivo
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Bed & Breakfast
Kielder
Celebrating 10 years B&B in Kielder village Dark Sky Friendly Accommodation. Closest accommodation to Kielder Observatory.  Dog Friendly. Pub/food 5 minutes walk. ...

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