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Trail details

Grade of Trail:

  • Demanding

Trail Waymarking:

red

Length of trail:

3.75 (round trip to Skyspace), Kielder Observatory is a further 1/2 mile beyond Skyspace) miles

Trail is currently open

Trail has reopened following windblow. Please note sections of the trail are muddy underfoot in places.
 

Trail description

Skyspace in Kielder forest

 

 

 

 

"My work is not so much about my seeing as about your seeing. There is no-one between you and your experience”, James Turrell.

Visitors to the Skyspace will find themselves in a circular room where the artist manipulates our normal perceptions of light and space. In daylight hours, this chamber, illuminated only by natural light through the roof opening, is a contemplative space that focuses the visitor's attention on the sky. During the changing light conditions at dusk and dawn, the lighting system becomes active and visitors can expect to experience a rich and unforgetable display of tone and colour.

The longer forest walk to Skyspace is waymarked from Kielder Castle, the shorter route from the additional parking site is signposted off the C200. The walk is a long uphill section of forest road which has a loose stone surface. The walk from the castle is longer but includes a section of trail through the forest that reduces the time spent on the forest road. Visitors with a disabliity can obtain a key for vehicular access to Skyspace from Kielder Castle Visitor Centre or Kielder Post Office, Kielder for a £5 deposit. The artwork itself is fully accessible.

What do other visitors say?

5 Stars 5 Stars

WOW!! Fantastic experience even during daylight.

Love to see at night with "lighting" on.

Haunting echo!!

Brian+Linda, 4/Oct/2014
4 Stars 4 Stars

Anonymous, 30/Jan/2014

Please tell us about your visit

Please email us at kieldercastle@forestry.gsi.gov.uk if you have an enquiry, a complaint or would like a personal reply to your comments.

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What's Here?

  • Information
  • Arts
  • Skyspace artwork by James Turrell.
  • Parking
  • Car parks at Kielder Castle or off C200 at the foot of the forest road to Skyspace.
  • Trail (hard)
  • Steep gradients and narrow, stoned paths mark the first section in the forest after exiting Kielder village. The second half of the walk is a long uphill climb on forest road. The walk from Skyspace car park is on forest road all the way.
  • Viewpoint
  • Stunning panorama of Kielder Forest and reservoir from Skyspace
More about what's here

Location

OS Grid ref: NY632934
Postcode: NE48 1ER

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Contact

Kielder Castle

01434 250209
kieldercastle@­forestry.gsi.gov.uk

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