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Kielder Activities

Kielder Water and Forest Park is perfect for those who enjoy nature, wildlife, walking, cycling, fishing, water sports, exploring, stargazing  and much much more.  Lakeside Way is a 26 mile multi-user trail suitable for walkers, cyclists, wheelchairs, pushchairs and horse riders.  Kielder visitor  centres with  shops and cafes are located at Tower Knowe,  Kielder Waterside and Kielder Castle.  For full details on Kielder forest  park facilities and activities see

For those wanting to travel further afield, Kielder is a great base for  exploring Scotland and the Borders together with Northumberlands beautiful coastline, castles and market towns.  Hadrians Wall is close by or take a day trip to visit Alnwick,  Bamburgh  or Holy Island.

Kielder Dark Skies


Northumberland International Dark Sky Park, is the largest Gold Tier Dark Sky Park area of protected night sky in Europe. The first of its kind in England and one of the largest in the world.


Visit Kielder Observatory with its exciting programme of astronomical events throughout the year.   

Kielder Art and Architecture


Kielder Forest Park is home to an impressive range  of unique art installations including Silvas Capitalis "Forest Head" and  recently installed "The Nick". 


Download art trail routes and details of the artworks from kielderartandarchitecture

Walking, Cycling and Running

Kielder Forest offers fantastic opportunities for cyclists, walkers and runners with over 100 miles of traffic free trails.

Lakeside Way is a 26 mile circular route accessible to all including wheelchair users.  There are  also more challenging routes including  a number of advanced MTB trails and tracks.   

Cycle hire is available at Kielder Castle

Various competitive events are held throughout the year including Kielder Marathon and Cycle events.

A map of Kielder Water and Forest Park featuring footpaths, cycle trails and tracks, together with artworks, can be downloaded from

Kielder Wildlife

2024 is the 16th successive year of ospreys breeding in Kielder Forest.  Cameras are installed on 7 nest platforms erected by Forestry England.  Follow Kielder Ospreys.

Watch out for Red Squirrels as Kielder Forest Park is the home of around 50% of England’s native population.  Water Voles were recently  reintroduced at Kielder.  Follow   Restoring Ratty.  Visitors may also see roe deer, badgers, otters, shrews, bats and a wide variety of woodland birds. Visit Bakethin Hide for wildlife viewing experience or Kielder Bird of Prey centre to see one of the largest collections of birds in the north of England.

Kielder Park hosts many wildlife events throughout the year including family nature walks and bat nights.  

On the Water


Kielder Water is the largest man-made lake in northern Europe.  Book a cruise on the Osprey Ferry, departing from Kielder Waterside

Seasonal water activities such as canoeing, sailing, and water skiing are provided by professional clubs, Calvert Kielder & Kielder Waterside.


Northumbrian Water trout fisheries in the north east of England has built up an excellent reputation for offering top quality fishing. The lake offers top quality fishing fishing for both the enthusiast and competition anglers alike.


With a shoreline of approximately 20 miles bank anglers are spoilt for choice. Fishing permits can be obtained from Kielder Waterside or Tower Knowe Visitor Centres

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