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“Walking heaven!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Kielder Water & Forest Park

Kielder Water & Forest Park
Ranked #2 of 9 things to do in Kielder
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Plenty to see and do all year round. Ideal for all ages.There are many reasons to visit; the most popular being the distinctive scenery. Home to northern Europe's largest man-made lake and England's largest forest, the Park's remoteness and clean air and water offer a fresh outdoor experience.Nature lovers, water sports enthusiasts, explorers, walkers, cyclists, artists, families ... perfect for anyone looking to escape, set their own agenda and create new experiences.
Manama, Bahrain
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84 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“Walking heaven!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2013

Just a great place to walk - can do as little or as long as the round trip around the water was about 27km!

Visited February 2013
Thank Michelle H
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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134 reviews
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“One of the most stunning places on earth”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2013

We visit northumberland most years and always drive out to the remote kielder water. We absolutely love spending a day walking through the vast forests, and around the beautiful lake (which a boat runs through frequently - worth going on it!) The views are incredible from every angle, as kielder water is like something you would see on a postcard. There is also a small cafe and shop which sells quirky items. I wish I was fortunate enough to live amongst the beautiful atmosphere.

1 Thank EmilyJaneW
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23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Anniversary Surprise”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2013

My husband booked a lodge for our wedding anniversary as a change. We got 3 nights for £199 plus we could take our elderly labrador. Our youngest son also wanted to come along, and we thought he would be bored, being 14 and devoted to his Xbox.
The lodge was lovely, set above the Birds of Prey Centre, in an elevated position with far reaching views to the hills with the water away to the right of us.
We were greeted by a bottle of red wine and a lovely clean, warm and welcoming lodge.
Our dog enjoyed the walk into the woods and the birds and rabbits were freely visible. The lads enjoyed the birds of prey, and many photos were taken. They didnt fancy the pool, February and all that, eventhough its indoors and heated, they preferred to be out and about.
We drove up to Kielder Castle (closed) but went to the maze and also tried to find Silvas Capatalis, which was way passed the Kielder Viaduct and far too far for our old lady to walk. I sent the lads off to explore whilst I made my way back to the car.
When we got back to the map at the car park, we discovered that the wooden head (Silvas Capatalis) is 4 miles away along the Lakeside Way, from where we had actually parked and the only way to see it is to walk. I wouldve liked the signage on the walk to say that, as when you get to the crossroads, it doesnt actually say where the Silvas is!
We didnt eat at the pub restaurant The Boat Inn this time around, preferring to self cater due to the dog (you arent allowed to leave dogs alone in the lodges for obvious reasons) and the kitchen is very well equipped, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine, plus plenty of plates, cups and glasses. There were also dishwashing tablets should you want them under the sink, plus a teatowel, pegs and oven gloves.
My only niggle is I wouldve liked a bowl in the sink, I dont like putting glassware directly into a steel sink, but thats just me, and I didnt want to run the d/w just for the 3 of us.
The bathroom also had a whirlpool bath, which was used a few times after muddy walks! The master bedroom had a nice comfortable bed, short, but comfy. There was also an en-suite with a shower although the pressure was poor. There was also a twin room and our son made the most of the spaciousness.
We didnt go to the Observatory as the road looked a bit rough and battered.
The evening entertainment were the hoots and cries of all the different birds, there was also some strange noises that sounded like a whale!! But hubby said it was probably one of the owls or hawks making the odd noise. I was a bit sorry for the wallabys, they looked a bit miserable to be honest.
We couldnt work out when the onsite shop was open, as hubby went down several times on Saturday evening from 4pm until 6:30pm and it was closed but it had previously been open that morning when we got the bread and a daily paper.
We stayed in Lodge 8 and loved it. Definately coming back again this time of year or perhaps October/November when its more peaceful and quiet.
Will we come back, yes, we certainly will.

Visited February 2013
1 Thank mammydragon
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79 reviews
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“family day out”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 7, 2013

great for a holiday or just a day away with the family. Lots to do for all ages and we thought the boat ride was wonderful, kept the kids involved too.

Visited August 2012
Thank Pat B
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“winter walks”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2013

Visited over the new year and was disappointed that everything including public toilets was closed (except the Anglers Inn - thank goodness). However, we were still expected to pay for parking! Disappointed with the walks on Kielder, I'm sure in warmer weather it's a great place to be but hardly any shelter in winter.

Visited December 2012
1 Thank ElaineUK
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