The scale of Kielder Forest is enough to take your breath away! At 250 square miles it is England’s largest forest.
But Kielder is not just about trees. At any one time, a quarter of the area of Kielder is open space, including England’s largest area of blanket bog. Kielder is also England’s most important red squirrel reserve, home to the biggest remaining population of red squirrels in the country. A visit to Kielder will uncover many surprises such as the Minotaur Maze and Skyspace, one of England's largest mountain bike trail network and home to Northumberland's only breeding osprey population. So if it is adventure or tranquillity and wild beauty you are after then there is something for you in this awe-inspiring place.
Kielder Water & Forest Park won the prestigious honour at the VisitEngland 2013 Awards for Excellence and is now officially recognised as the best tourism experience in the country.
More information about other sites within Kielder Water Forest Park, including where to stay and where to eat, can be found at Visit Kielder.
Miles of wild Northumberland await with some pretty spectacular views along the way.
England's largest mountain bike trail network with miles of breathtaking singletrack awaits.
It doesn't get much better than trekking along miles of track and bridleway in England's last great wilderness.
The forest is a fantastic backdrop to showcase the work of some of the world's finest artists and architects.
Grab your binoculars and ID books! Ospreys, goshawks, buzzards, red squirrels, otters - the forest is home to many iconic species and unique habitats.
Experience some of the darkest skies in the country and view the majesty of our galaxy at Kielder Observatory.
Find out what's happening at Kielder over the next few months with our calendar of events.
Food and Drink
Running low on energy after all that exploration and exercise? Kielder Castle cafe (formerly the Duke's Pantry) at Kielder Castle provides the ideal refuelling stop, be it for a meal, drink or just a nibble of cake. Don't worry, we won't tell!
Kielder Water and Forest Park has been awarded a CLOtC Site Provider Award. The Council for Learning Outside the Classroom (CLOtC) is the national voice for learning outside the classroom. This award recognises organisations which actively welcome schools onto their site/s for self-led visits and ensure that the sites and any other services provided meet the needs of schools.
What do other visitors say?
5 StarsKen Rodgers, 4/Sep/2014
This was my first visit at Kielder with my wife, daughter and son in-law and it certainly will not be the last. What an absolute wonderful place to be, it was relaxing and there were breath taking views. The activities are great for every one. The stars at night are amazing here. I would recommend Kielder for any one that loves the outdoors in this beautiful place.
5 StarsAnonymous, 31/Mar/2014
5 StarsSteven, 28/Feb/2014
Along with Durham, this is my favourite part of England. The border country is seriously underrated. I would love to live and work in Kielder Forest & the people who get to day in and day out have my envy and appreciation for what they do, they really do a fantastic job. Brilliant place that can't be fully seen in a week never mind a day, it's a regular day out for me and my family.