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

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

Great hike but at times the way markers were confusing and we ended up going down the cycle route from the top not the walking path. Can a bit more clarity of signs and which direction be introduced.

Maisie. , 26/Jun/2015

Always like to do this walk from Bakthin to dead water and back. Today, 29th September 2014 about 25 min walk up there was forestry work going on. No sign at the bottom or on there website to say the walk will be closed .the only way you will find out is if you have walked half hour and paid ■4 to park I'm really not happy . Having travelled over 50 miles to do the walk to find I can't proceed any further is very poor. Come on Kielder, this isn't the 1st time this has happened.

Lee, 29/Sep/2014
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.

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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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