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 forest 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.
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.
- 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.
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