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Walking

What better way to explore the great outdoors than on foot?

With over 600 square kilometres of forest and 27 miles of shoreline to choose from, Kielder Water & Forest Park is perfect for walking and hiking holidays or family days out. From challenging long distance trails to more leisurely family strolls - there's a multitude of walks to choose from.

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 walking experience.

The Lakeside Way offers access to many of the most scenic parts of the lake shore, new views and the opportunity to interact with some of the abundant wildlife. The multi-user track is suitable for walkers, cyclists, horse riders and wheelchair users. For information and routes download the Trails Guide on the right or pick up a copy in one of the visitor centres onsite.

A “Wild Walks” pack is available to buy at the main visitor centres and other outlets. Individual walks can also be downloaded at the bottom of this page. Each leaflet includes a clear route map, route description, way marking and facts on the wildlife or features you might see on the walk. There are nine wild walks in the pack and below, on the back of each leaflet visitors are encouraged to download the route on popular walkers ViewRanger app as a virtual tour guide. 

There are eight Kielder walks on the ViewRanger app. Simply install the free app and search for Kielder Water & Forest Park Wild Walks. You can then easily download the route and information on a smartphone before you visit. The app not only gives directions, route map and photographs, it also suggests what to look out for and offers fascinating wildlife information at each waypoint. Visitors can also listen to audio clips of Kielder wildlife experts talking about all the varied species who live here and how they are cared for. 

More than twenty pieces of outdoor public art can also be discovered along the Lakeside Way, including the futuristic Belvedere shelter, the three large rotating Janus Chairs and Silvas Capitalis, known as the 'giant forest head'! See Kielder Art & Architecture for the full collection of art and architecture in the Park.

Avid walkers will also find themselves in an ideal location for further adventures around Northumberland. Situated on the border of Northumberland National Park, Kielder Water & Forest Park is an ideal base to explore opportunities for walking at nearby Hadrian’s Wall and across Northumberland.

It is always advisable to check at one of our visitor centres before starting your journey. As the Park is also an operational forest, small sections of tracks might be closed from time to time for forestry purposes or further development work. Click here for updates.

Please note:


For safety information please contact or visit one of the following:

- Kielder Waterside, tel: 01434 251 000
- Tower Knowe Visitor Centre, tel: 01434 240 436
- Kielder Castle Forest Park Centre, tel: 01434 250 209


What you said:

"I really enjoyed the new Kielder trail and look forward to getting to use it more this year with the family." Neil Liddle

Short Walking Routes to download

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 Greenhaugh
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Kielder Castle & Bakethin
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 Restoring Ratty Trail
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Walking

What better way to explore the great outdoors than on foot?

With over 600 square kilometres of forest and 27 miles of shoreline to choose from, Kielder Water & Forest Park is perfect for walking and hiking holidays or family days out. From challenging long distance trails to more leisurely family strolls - there's a multitude of walks to choose from.

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 walking experience.

The Lakeside Way offers access to many of the most scenic parts of the lake shore, new views and the opportunity to interact with some of the abundant wildlife. The multi-user track is suitable for walkers, cyclists, horse riders and wheelchair users. For information and routes download the Trails Guide on the right or pick up a copy in one of the visitor centres onsite.

A “Wild Walks” pack is available to buy at the main visitor centres and other outlets. Individual walks can also be downloaded at the bottom of this page. Each leaflet includes a clear route map, route description, way marking and facts on the wildlife or features you might see on the walk. There are nine wild walks in the pack and below, on the back of each leaflet visitors are encouraged to download the route on popular walkers ViewRanger app as a virtual tour guide. 

There are eight Kielder walks on the ViewRanger app. Simply install the free app and search for Kielder Water & Forest Park Wild Walks. You can then easily download the route and information on a smartphone before you visit. The app not only gives directions, route map and photographs, it also suggests what to look out for and offers fascinating wildlife information at each waypoint. Visitors can also listen to audio clips of Kielder wildlife experts talking about all the varied species who live here and how they are cared for. 

More than twenty pieces of outdoor public art can also be discovered along the Lakeside Way, including the futuristic Belvedere shelter, the three large rotating Janus Chairs and Silvas Capitalis, known as the 'giant forest head'! See Kielder Art & Architecture for the full collection of art and architecture in the Park.

Avid walkers will also find themselves in an ideal location for further adventures around Northumberland. Situated on the border of Northumberland National Park, Kielder Water & Forest Park is an ideal base to explore opportunities for walking at nearby Hadrian’s Wall and across Northumberland.

It is always advisable to check at one of our visitor centres before starting your journey. As the Park is also an operational forest, small sections of tracks might be closed from time to time for forestry purposes or further development work. Click here for updates.

Please note:

  •  the Bull Crag Peninsula car parks are no longer open
  •  the popular Hindhope Linn trail starts at the north end of the Forest Drive toll road which is 12 miles from Kielder Castle
  • Lewisburn Car park is now closed and the Lewisburn walk is no longer in operation (page 30 of the old trails guide).


For safety information please contact or visit one of the following:

- Kielder Waterside, tel: 01434 251 000
- Tower Knowe Visitor Centre, tel: 01434 240 436
- Kielder Castle Forest Park Centre, tel: 01434 250 209


What you said:

"I really enjoyed the new Kielder trail and look forward to getting to use it more this year with the family." Neil Liddle

Short Walking Routes to download

PDF Download
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- PDF Download
- PDF Download
 PDF Download  PDF Download
- PDF Download
 Greenhaugh
- PDF Download
 PDF Download  PDF Download
Kielder Castle & Bakethin
- PDF Download
 Restoring Ratty Trail
- PDF Download
 PDF Download  PDF Download
- PDF Download
- PDF Download
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- PDF Download
 

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