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“Kielder Forest Drive - 12 miles of scree. Awful!”

Kielder Water & Forest Park
Ranked #3 of 10 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.
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A bumpy drive down a 12 mile dirt track costing £3. They should pay you for damage to your car and compensation for vibration white finger! Started from A68 and didn’t notice any sign advising of the state of the “road” until the very end where a sign does actually tell you. What a nightmare and couldn’t wait to get off it! Don’t do it if you’re in a normal car.

Thank Suzanne G
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A brilliant resource and lots of choices to pass a day here. Cycling or walking. It’s worth getting a day parking which is transferable between car parks (£5). If you buy from the machines you need coins as they don’t take notes, cards or phone payment. You can buy tickets in the visitor centres and it’s good to go in and get maps anyway so you can make the most of your day.

Thank JCH124
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Reviewed May 1, 2018 via mobile

Beautiful place, views are fantastic, and the bike trails are getting better and better. Lots of places to bike, walk, sail, chill, eat and we visit regularly.

Thank Graham S
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Reviewed May 1, 2018 via mobile

There is no doubt that the area is beautiful. There are places to park cars and walks through the woods and around the lakes. However, as nature enthusiasts who are used to clear signage and a selection of viewing hides, we were seriously disappointed. The wildlife is being seriously under-sold.

As suggested, we arrived at Tower Knowe as a starting point and, after a 60 mile trip, were relieved to see toilets and a pleasant café. The Visitors’ Centre wasn’t obvious. In fact, it was hidden in the corner of a large shop. We took a leaflet and got some preliminary advice from the shop assistant. The powerful non-verbal message was “fleece, but DO NOT inform the tourists”.

Further up the road, the site at Kielder Castle has to be one of the most confusing we have ever encountered. Having eventually parked (almost by mistake given the Kafkaesque signage) we again looked in vain for the Visitors’ Centre and the anticipated Red Squirrel Hide. We could see toilets and a shop hiring bicycles, but nothing else. We concluded it must be hidden in the Castle. It was - an empty room with a site map. When we eventually found the hide it was clearly designed for children to theoretically see squirrels (none in the vicinity when we were there) but there was nothing for serious adult birders.

Towards the end of a frustrating day we did find a serious viewing hide, but we had wasted hours in looking for it.

The area is beautiful but we won’t be spending hours on pot-holed roads to return. It is rich in natural resources, but its managers need to view it through the eyes of confused visitors from outside the area, and try to make the experience less stressful and much more helpful. The lack of a large, staffed information centre is mind-boggling!

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Reviewed April 29, 2018 via mobile

A perfect place to get away from it all. We had a lodge which was immaculate and an outside hot tub with amazing views. Lots to do with the kids. Great walks and was perfect for taking my 7 year old on bike rides.

Thank Melanie H
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