Activities at Kielder Castle

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Activities at Kielder Castle

A digital illustration of the Gruffalo standing in the forest with bunting strung above him.
Gruffalo Party trail at Kielder Forest
Campervans parked up in a car park
Overnight motorhome stays
A walker walking through the forest in the autumn. The walker is looking up at the trees around them.
Walking trails at Kielder Castle
Mountain biker riding over timber flyover at Kielder
Cycling and mountain biking trails at Kielder
Family walking on a woodland trail
Dukes trail at Kielder
Giant Gruffalo Sculpture in the Forest
Gruffalo Sculptures at Kielder Castle
Three horse riders in high vis in the forest
Horse riding at Kielder Castle
Kielder Water and Forest Park
Kielder Forest Drive
Kielder Forest and Water Park view through trees
Lakeside way at Kielder
Minotaur Maze Kielder Castle
Minotaur Maze at Kielder Castle
A individual sitting on a picnic table within bluebells
Picnics and barbecues at Kielder Castle

Nearby forests

Kielder Water and Forest Park

Although it's England's largest forest, Kielder is not just about trees. At any one time, a quarter of the area of Kielder is open space, including England’s largest area of blanket bog. Kielder is also England’s most important red squirrel reserve, home to the biggest remaining population of red squirrels in the country.

small un-surfaced trail winding through dark autumnal trees to lake in the distance

With two nearby walking trails and a picnic area, Sidwood is at the heart of this delightful part of Kielder Forest, just two miles from the village of Greenhaugh.

Raised walking path next to stream in the forest

At the northern end of Kielder Forest Drive, Blakehopeburnhaugh is the starting point for the Hindhope Linn walking trail. The trail leads you to the spectacular waterfall in an enchanting dell, a local sight not to be missed!

Reward yourself with a tasty picnic after your forest adventure or if you're keen to discover more, venture over to the Pennine Way long-distance footpath, accessible from the car park. 

Picnic table at sunrise

More than just a picture perfect spot for your next picnic, Warksburn is overlooked by the famous Totem Poles of Stonehaugh village, adding some fascinating depth to the view from your picnic. 

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