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Grade of Trail:

  • Moderate

Trail Waymarking:


Length of trail:

1 miles

Trail is currently open


View along the Sidwood trail. Kielder forest

With two small car parks and a picnic area, Sidwood is at the heart of this delightful part of Kielder Forest just two miles from the village of Greenhaugh. Formerly part of an old estate, some ancient trees and ornamental species remain from this time. This area is one of the best sites in Britain for preserved peles or bastles (medieval fortified farmhouses) and these can be discovered on the Tarset Bastle Trail.

The Sidwood Trail leads south east from the picnic area along the pretty Tarset burn past the site where Sidwood House once stood. The route crosses the tarmac forest road and passes through recently thinned 'crops' of conifers. The route passes close to the open rough grassland on the forest edge and through some old sheep pens. The trail drops down returning to the picnic place after crossing another forest road on route.

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4 Stars 4 Stars

Very good for wildlife.

Anonymous, 9/Jan/2014
5 Stars 5 Stars

Anonymous, 11/Oct/2013

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What's Here?

  • Dogs
  • Information
  • Parking
  • Picnic
  • Trail (moderate)
  • The Tarset trail is mainly on both surfaced and unsurfaced path. The quality of the unsurfaced sections varies greatly depending on weather conditions. Sections running alongside Tarset Burn can be very wet or even flooded when the river is in spate. Generally the trail is gently undulating, but with small, moderate climbs up from the river valley. There is a moderate incline with a handrail as you leave the picnic site.
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Map showing the local area
OS Grid ref: NY776891
Postcode: NE48 1NB

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Kielder Castle

01434 250209
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