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Opening hours
How to find us
Parking & prices
Facilities & access
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Opening hours

Some car parks at Kielder Water and Forest Park are now open from dawn until dusk. Get more information.

How to find us

How to find us
Kielder Water and Forest Park , Kielder
Sat Nav Postcode: NE48 1ER
By Car

From the nearby villages of Bellingham and Newcastleton follow signs to Kielder Water and Forest Park which will take you onto the C200 - the road which runs adjacent to the southern shore of Kielder Water.

Access to the forest can be gained from a number of points along the C200, alternatively continue to Kielder Castle Forest Park Centre at the northern end of Kielder Water.

OS Grid Ref
NY 632 934

55.2339351, -2.5802845

Parking and prices

Please note that the Elf Kirk and Skyspace car parks are currently closed. 

Parking Charges

Tickets valid for all car parks within the park including those operated by Northumbrian Water
All day £5.00
Campervans Overnight Parking (Kielder Castle only, not included in Forestry England Membership, charges still apply)
After 5pm £10.00

Additional information

Regular visitors can save money by becoming a Member - Find out more about our membership offer
Number of accessible parking spaces: 0

There are no designated accessible parking spaces at this forest, have you seen our Easy Access trails page?

Facilities and access

Some car parks at Kielder Water and Forest Park are now open from dawn until dusk. Get more information.

Please note that the Elf Kirk and Skyspace car parks are currently closed. 

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For more information on planning your visit, take a look at our accessibility information:

Accessible toilet
Assistant dogs welcome
Baby changing facilities
Dogs allowed
Easy access trail
Picnic area
Toilets

Contact details

Kielder Water and Forest Park - a day out packed with adventure, from red squirrels and ospreys to mountain biking and stargazing!

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.

A visit to Kielder will uncover many surprises such as the Minotaur Maze and Skyspace, one of England's largest mountain bike trail network and home to Northumberland's only breeding osprey population. For more information on the ospreys, please visit the Visit Kielder website. Kielder is also a great place to see a variety of wildlife

So if it is adventure or tranquillity and wild beauty you are after then there is something for everyone in this awe-inspiring place.

Visit Kielder is the official tourist information visitor website for Kielder Water and Forest Park.

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Whether you're a seasoned naturalist or enthusiast amateur it's easy to take part, just start recording wildlife on your next visit...

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There are over twenty pieces to explore - find your favourite.

The Art and Architecture programme aims to produce quality, contemporary work that is accessible to as many visitors to Kielder as possible.

Each of the pieces offer an insight into the way the artist or architect has responded to this unusual environment.

Recent commissions have won a number of national architectural awards including the Stephen Lawrence Prize, two RIBA Awards, a Civic Trust Award and the Northern Culture Award for ‘Best Use of Public Open Space’.

These works are rapidly establishing Kielder’s national reputation as an essential destination for all visitors interested in experiencing contemporary art and architecture in a striking rural setting. Works include: a futuristic shelter, a circular building buried in the ground directing your gaze to the sky, a contemporary maze, an iconic bridge, a window on the universe and much more just waiting to be explored.

Further information on the programme can be found at Kielder Art and Architecture

Discover other arts projects across England. 

Extend your woodland adventure with an unforgettable stay in the forest. 

Kielder is home to a rustic, three star, independent site run by Kielder Village Camping and Caravan Site. 

For more information, please follow the link below. 

Whether you've just bought your first bike or are searching out single-track, Kielder Forest offers a fantastic opportunity for natural cycling.

With over 100 miles of trail, much of it single-track and all of it traffic-free, Kielder has a trail for you. 

 

Nearby forests

Kielder Castle

Please note Kielder Castle is shut until further notice, including the main cafe. Takeaway food and drink facilities are available.

Rolling hills with shades of green and brown on a sunny day

Explore the great network of public footpaths at Harbottle or venture to the ancient Drake Stone to experience the mythical atmosphere and stunning views.

Holystone Woods, Rothbury

Holystone is tucked away in a quiet corner of Coquetdale. The peace and tranquillity of the area attracted a religious order that built a nunnery here in the twelfth century, around which Holystone village grew.

The nunnery has long gone, but the tranquil surroundings remain, offering beautiful walks.

There are waterfalls, crags and plenty of aged broadleaved woodlands which are a delight to walk in at any time of year.

Dark skies brightened by a clear rainbow over green broadleaf trees

Found within the Northumberland National Park, just north of the village of Alwinton, Kidland Forest's mosaic of trees is the perfect setting for a forest adventure. Unwind under the blanket of spruce, pine and larch while taking in the glorious views and peaceful sounds of the River Alwin. 

Kidland Forest is a designated Red Squirrel Reserve and also houses Memmerkirk Chapel, a Scheduled Ancient Monument which are the remains of a chapel dating from the 14th to 17th century. 

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