Storm Arwen recovery update

Updated 11th May 2022

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 planning and implementing the safe and prompt removal of windblown trees across our forests, including our trails. The safe removal of windblown trees is a complex operation, requiring planning, machinery and skilled operators.

Our teams are working as fast as they can, but in some areas the size and complexity of the damage and remote locations is going to take months to fix.

Storm damaged trees can be unstable and dangerous. We need to make trees safe, within two tree-lengths of all of our trails. Unfortunately this means some facilities remain closed.

The table below highlights what is currently accessible to the public. We update this list weekly. Please check this list before travelling to Kielder Water and Forest Park.

 

Status of forest walks

Facility / route name

Open/Closed/Partially open

Updates

Dukes Trail

Open

 

Skyspace/ Kielder Observatory

Open

Using forest road only- forest area walk followed will be closed for months

Deadwater

Open

 

Warksburn (Stonehaugh)

Open

2 small diversions in place for next 6 months+

Falstone (Walk to Stell)

Open

 

Sidwood (Riverside Trail only).

Open

 

Hindhope Linn

Open

Only direct to Waterfall- rest closed long term

Pennine Way (national trail)

Open diversion out into National Park above Hadrian’s Wall

Forest diversion will be in place during February. Bellingham to Blakehopeburnhaugh fully open.

Lakeside Way south shore

¾ open

Only Bakethin area remains closed.

Lakeside Way north shore

Open with diversions

Will continue with diversions for summer.

Duchess Trail

Closed

Aimed to be open during summer.

Sidwood Bastle Trail

Closed

Will be closed for many months.

Status of cycle trail and mountain bike facilities

Facility / route name

Open/Closed/Partially open

Updates

Kielder Castle car park and toilets incl Minotaur Maze

Open

 

Jump Line

Open

 

Borderline Trail

Open

 

Route 68 Sill to Bellingham

Open

 

Deadwater Red/ Black graded trails

Open

 

Cross Border Trail

Open

 

Lakeside Way north shore

Open with diversions in place

50/50 Lakeside Way / North Haul Forest Road

Osprey Trail

Open with diversions

Using forest roads.  open during summer

Lakeside Way south shore

Open (only Bakethin area now closed)

Bakethin area only section that remains closed until summer

Lonesome Pine Trail

Closed

Skydive section ONLY open.

Bloodybush Trail

Closed

Aspiration to have open summer 2022.

Cycle Skills Loop

Closed

Due to upgrading work required.

Information on routes available to walk or cycle are available on the Visit Kielder website: www.visitkielder.com