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Trail details

Grade of Trail:

  • Moderate

Trail Waymarking:


Length of trail:

2 miles

Trail is currently open


Trail description

The old packhorse bridge on the Duchess trail. Kielder Forest





The second Duchess of Northumberland loved to take her pony and trap over the old pack horse bridge to the quieter, more picturesque parts of the estate. Follow one of her favourite routes, still a magical experience 200 years later. 

Children playing in the Minotaur Maze, Kielder CastleThe trail follows the course of Kielder Burn upstream past the site of the old walled garden, now the location of the enchanting Minotaur Maze. The maze is a must for children and adults alike. The adventurous will discover a number of hidden features that include a set of stairs taking visitors above the walls enabling them to consider possible alternative routes within the maze and say ‘hello’ to others waiting outside. The final goal, a small glittering room formed from rocks of recycled turquoise glass, has a seat for visitors to rest on while they contemplate the task of discovering a return route to the outside world.

What do other visitors say?

5 Stars 5 Stars

Great walk with a bit of everything: river views, open ground, different kinds of forest. We really liked the mossy bits

Martin, 30/Jan/2014

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What's Here?

  • Picnic
  • Arts
  • Minotaur Maze
  • Trail (moderate)
  • The Duchess Trail is on both surfaced and unsurfaced forest paths. Before the old packhorse bridge (narrow ‘humpback’ bridge), the trail passes through two ‘kissing’ gates. After the bridge are moderate inclines as well as two sets of steps (with handrail) to take visitors to the top of Jamie’s Crags viewpoint.
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OS Grid ref: NY632934
Postcode: NE48 1ER

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Kielder Castle

01434 250209
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