Deadwater Walking Trail
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 3.5/5)

Grade of Trail:

  • Demanding

Trail Waymarking:


Length of trail:

5 miles

Trail is currently open


Specere shelter, Deadwater Fell, Kielder Water and Forest Park

The summit of Deadwater Fell lies at just under 1900 feet (571 metres) and straddles the border between Scotland and England. The spectacular panoramic views from the top are now available not only for cyclists to enjoy but also walkers. Starting from Kielder Castle, this trail follows both forest road and surfaced trail to access the cresting open moorland above the forest. The uphill climb is well worth the effort as the views on a clear day stretch all the way from the Lake District to the Pentland Hills near Edinburgh and even over to the North Sea coast. Using an OS map, the more adventurous can plot a route to Kielder Stone and onto Kielderhead Moor for a full day's walking. Please note this walk has fairly strenuous sections in places. Walkers should be fully prepared for the conditions and should anticipate the potential for dramatic changes in the weather.

What do other visitors say?

4 Stars 4 Stars

We plotted the route on the map (good tip), and set off. It was a lovely walk. Wonderful views. The red walking signs are a little faded, and easily missed, so we made our own arrangements. Really enjoyed it.

Cutty, 9/Aug/2014

The waymarkers throughout the forest for walks are due to be refreshed over the coming months and will hopefully be clearer to follow.

Forestry Commission Response
4 Stars 4 Stars

Anonymous, 30/Jan/2014
1 Star 1 Star

We visited on Easter Monday hoping to find a nice walk with good views. There was a complete lack of information regarding the walking trails available to us. Trail was hard to find, and a Forestry Ranger although friendly, struggled to remember where it started. There were no signposts describing how far the walk was/how far along we were, and the occasional way-markers badly placed and some in need of repair. I wouldn't call this particularly challenging or exciting - more of an uphill slog. For the majority of the walk views are hidden by the forest, and almost the entire walk is on fire roads. Being Easter Monday, we were initially surprised at the emptiness of the car park, however having walked the trail, and viewed much of the MTB route along the way I can perhaps assume locals have somewhere better to be. If there was an option, this would honestly received a 'zero' rating. Suffice it to say, we won't be back again.

Jordans, 10/Apr/2012
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What's Here?

  • Arts
  • Specere shelter at summit of Deadwater
  • Dogs on lead
  • Open moorland section with livestock and ground nesting birds in spring.
  • Trail (hard)
  • The trail climbs steeply in places on rough track and forest road. Two gates to pass through on ascent and descent.
  • Viewpoint
  • On a clear day, spectacular panorama from Cumbria to North sea coast.
More about what's here


OS Grid ref: NY632934
Postcode: NE48 1ER

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Kielder Castle

01434 250209
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