Discover endless opportunity at England's largest forest
A visit to Kielder Castle visitor centre will uncover many surprises. Get lost in the Minotaur Maze, discover the fascinating night sky or walk along the unique Lakeside Way, a 26 mile multi-use path around the lake which can be accessed from Kielder Castle. You can discover the amazing night sky – perhaps from the comfort of your campervan, as Forestry England car parks can be used to stay overnight for just £10.
For families we have the fantastic Gruffalo Spotters trail which starts at Kielder Castle. We also have one of England's largest mountain bike trail networks! Located adjacent to Kielder Castle is the Kielder Cycle Centre which offers bikes for all ages and disciplines as well as up to date, electric assisted cycles. We advise pre-booking rental bikes as demand is high at present.
Kielder is a great place to see a variety of wildlife. From April to August, live camera footage is shown daily from Northumberland's only breeding osprey population which is now the largest natural colony in the UK with an impressive 6 nests per season. Kielder Salmon Centre is also close to Kielder Castle and gives a real insight the fantastic work the Environment Agency carry out in the area, including rearing salmon and also protecting pearl mussels.
You can even explore the forest from the comfort of your car along the Kielder Forest Drive, which starts at Kielder Castle - it should be noted this is an unsurfaced road and best suited for 4x4 vehicles, not a suitable road for low to the ground vehicles.
At a glance
- Part of Kielder Water and Forest Park
- 5 walking trails
- 7 cycling trails
- Castle building and visitor information point - closed
- Café closed
- Takeaway - open
- Cycle hire - open
- Picnic areas - open
- Kielder Observatory - open
- Forest Drive - open