We look forward to welcoming you to Kielder Water & Forest Park. Please see our Know Before You Go page for lots of useful information including important details on access to routes following storm damage.
The Lakeside Way multi-user trail offers visitors to Kielder Water & Forest Park a truly unique experience and gives access to the most scenic parts of the lake shore.
It opens up opportunities to get closer to some of Kielder's abundant wildlife.
The path encircles Kielder Water's 27 mile shoreline and is almost 26 miles in total. It is suitable for walkers, cyclists, horse riders, mobility scooters and wheelchair users.
Some routes incorporate the Osprey ferry. To be sure you don't miss the boat, we recommend checking in advance for sailing schedules and booking ahead. Also, the ferry has limited space for bicycles and wheelchairs so booking is advised.
The Lakeside Way has a good surface which is suitable for comfortable walking boots, wellington boots or trainers.
Some hills may be difficult for younger or less experienced cyclists and it is recommended that people in wheelchairs are accompanied. Horse riders should move at a controlled walking pace only. Visitors using a mobility scooter should ensure batteries are fully charged before setting off. No
other motorised vehicles are permitted.
For operational and safety reasons, sections of the Lakeside Way may be closed from time to time. Please check the current status of the path and the ferry timetable, if you are wishing to use it, before setting out. You can do this by contacting or visiting the visitor centres.
It is advisable to pre-book the ferry by contacting Leaplish Waterside Park or Tower Knowe Visitor Centre.
LAKESIDE WAY SOUTH SHORE
The south shore is approximately 14 miles in length, stretching from Kielder Dam to Kielder Castle Visitor Centre. It includes Tower Knowe Visitor Centre and Leaplish Waterside Park.
LAKESIDE WAY NORTH SHORE
The Lakeside Way on the north shore of Kielder Water runs from Hawkhope carpark at the north end of the dam, to Kielder Castle Visitor Centre. The
distance is approximately 12 miles.
Unlike the south shore, there are no visitor centres along the north shoreline so please be adequately prepared before setting out.
Please note that there is no public vehicular access along the north shore. Parking is available at either end of the route at Hawkhope and Kielder Castle Visitor Centre.
Adventurous types may wish to complete the whole 26 mile trail in one visit. If cycling, allow three to four hours if you are fit and looking for a good ‘pedal out’. Walkers will need a bit longer – eight to ten hours for the athletic! Allow more time if you wish to take in the scenery, have lunch or visit some of the contemporary art and architecture along the
path. Remember to keep within your physical capabilities and follow the safety information contained in this leaflet.
For most people, it is far more relaxing and enjoyable to complete small sections of the trail at each visit. This leaflet contains a selection of routes of varying length that allow you to get the most out of this very special corner
The listed durations are the approximate walking times based on an average walking pace of 2.5 miles per hour.
Those wishing to stop and observe local wildlife, have a leisurely stroll or a picnic should allow for extra time.