Length of trail:12 miles
Trail is currently openUsers are reminded that the Forest Drive is an unsurfaced road through remote countryside without mobile phone coverage. At slow speed and with due care most normal vehicles can be driven across, but it is not recommended to try in cars with exceptionally low ground clearance. The exposed section of the drive can be affected severely by wintry and adverse weather. In wintry or extreme weather conditions people should not attempt to use the Drive.
Kielder Forest Drive is a spectacular 12 mile (19 km) drive on unsealed forest road, from Kielder Castle in the west to Blakehopeburnhaugh on the A68 in the east.
The Forest Drive is one of England's highest roads, cresting over 1500 feet (450 metres) at Blakehope Nick. Here the 'big sky' views over Northumberland are simply breathtaking.
The Forest Drive is a toll road, with a £3 fee payable at the toll machine at the Kielder Castle end.
Please note that the surface has recently been repaired and in sections the surface is covered with loose stone. It is important to drive with caution and keep to the 20mph speed limit.
The Forest Drive will be open for the season from Sunday 1 May to Monday 31 October 2016. Please note the earlier closure for the season which is to facilitate timber operations.
What do other visitors say?
4 StarsSHELDON, 15/Aug/2016
Went today, 15/8/16. Excellent drive, easily manageable with care, despite the untarmaced sections. Wonderful scenery and wildlife. Despite no specific picnic sites, there are plenty of places to pull off and take a break to admire the scenery. Very little traffic, and very peaceful. Well recommended.
5 StarsAnonymous, 14/Jul/2016
I took my motorbike and it was a really good ride.
Just remember that it is a 2 way road.
I was unlucky enough to meet two Audis coming at me at an uncontrollable speed. It was a joy for me to dive into watery ditch to avoid being hit.
Most of the road itself is made large gravel stones and runs through a beautiful area and apart from the rally driver wannabes I really enjoyed it.
5 StarsAnonymous, 16/Jun/2016
Thoroughly enjoyed our trip along the drive. Nice views and great to be in the wilderness away from traffic.