If you’re after a unique holiday experience in Northumberland, Kielder Water and Forest Park will fit the bill. At its heart is the largest man-made lake in Europe and over 250 square miles of pristine forest; a veritable playground for walkers and cyclists, water sports enthusiasts and explorers.
There’s the space to experience the remote beauty of your surroundings and a huge number of activities for young and old, couples and families. And of course visitors will experience the ‘Dark Skies’ and brilliant star gazing the area is renowned for as a consequence of the lack of light pollution in this unspoilt place.
Nature is all around you due to the diverse habitats of the forest and lake, including the ospreys which have nested here since 2009. Visitors can glimpse the birds (during the breeding season) at the Kielder Castle and Leaplish Waterside Park thanks to the cameras that have been set up nearby.
The forest park and lake shoreline have a multitude of walking routes, from challenging to leisurely and with an extensive network of off-road mountain biking trails there is plenty of opportunities for both expert off-roaders and more gentle routes for family days out. Along the way look out for the public art pieces that are scattered throughout the area.
Kielder Water has a surface area in excess of 11 square kilometres, where visitors can enjoy sailing and water skiing, canoeing and fishing.
Apart from all the activities and stunning beauty of the immediate area, Kielder is also well placed for exploring further afield; where you can enjoy days out in the Northumberland National Park, Hadrian’s Wall and the Scottish Borders.
For self catering accommodation in the area please take a look at our cottages in Kielder.