Storm Arwen recovery update
Kielder Water and Forest Park
On 26 November 2021, the north of England experienced significant northerly winds leading to storm damage which affected trees, buildings and other infrastructure. Storm Malik and storm Corrie over weekend 29/30 January 2022 has led to more trees falling over and slowing down the recovery process.
Forestry England’s first priority in the aftermath of the storm was to help the rural communities cut off from power such as in Kielder Forest, where staff worked with other agencies including the power company, to clear fallen and unstable trees from power lines, access roads and main paths.
We are now thankfully into the final set of formal trail closures across the county following storm Arwen which took place on 26th November 2021.
The remaining areas are now the most complex to work through in tree clearance and some sadly will remain closed into 2024.
We continue to ask that everyone stays on the main forest tracks and always adhere to all information/ warning signs and barriers. Emergency services have been dealing with situations this year in storm damaged areas which is really problematic and unsafe so we all need to keep on message to stay to open waymarked trails and forest roads.
The table below highlights what those trails and areas still closed or diverted, please check this list before travelling to Kielder Water and Forest Park.
Kielder Castle Visitor Centre
Currently closed due to renovation works.
Status of forest walks
Cycle Trail/ Mountain Bike facilities
Information on routes available to walk or cycle are available on the Visit Kielder website: www.visitkielder.com
Wider Northumberland Forests