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

Sidwood is open from dawn to dusk daily.

How to find us

How to find us
Sidwood ,
Sat Nav Postcode: NE48 1NB
OS Grid Ref
NY 7795 8906

55.194794460511, -2.3523704827066

Parking and prices

There are no parking charges at Sidwood. 

Additional information

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

Assistant dogs welcome
Picnic area

Contact details

Take a step back in time at Sidwood in Kielder Forest

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.

Formerly part of an old estate, some ancient trees and ornamental species remain from this time. This area is one of the best sites in Britain for preserved peles or bastles (medieval fortified farmhouses) and these can be discovered on the Tarset Bastle Trail. A second, shorter trail named Sidwood Trail, follows the Tarset Burn south through the old estate plantations. 

At a glance

  • 2 walking trails 
  • Picnic area
  • Dogs welcome

Things to do

The Sidwood trail leads south east from the picnic area along the pretty Tarset burn past the site where Sidwood House once stood. The route crosses the tarmac forest road and passes through recently thinned 'crops' of conifers. The route passes close to the open rough grassland on the forest edge and through some old sheep pens. The trail drops down returning to the picnic place after crossing another forest road on route.

With two small car parks and a picnic area, Sidwood is at the heart of this delightful part of Kielder Forest just two miles from the village of Greenhaugh. Formerly part of an old estate, some ancient trees and ornamental species remain from this time. This area is one of the best sites in Britain for preserved peles or bastles (medieval fortified farmhouses) and these can be discovered on the Tarset Bastle Trail.

The Tarset Bastle Trail takes you back in time to the turbulent days of the Border raiders or Reivers. Bastles are fortified farmhouses and an important part of the area's heritage. They were built in the late 16th and early 17th centuries when protection was needed by local people against raiders from both sides of the border. With interpretation designed by Tarset Archive group, the route passes five bastles, with each bastle having a description board.

A second, shorter trail named Sidwood Trail, follows the Tarset Burn south through the old estate plantations.

With two small car parks and a picnic area, Sidwood is at the heart of this delightful part of Kielder Forest just two miles from the village of Greenhaugh. Formerly part of an old estate, some ancient trees and ornamental species remain from this time.

Nearby forests

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. 

Conifer shadow forest

Located to the east of Kielder Forest, Fourlaws is a popular site in the heart of the Ridsdale community.

The forest offers visitors great walking opportunities and some unique views over Chesterhope Common.

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.

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