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Smithy Beck Trail
(Average user rating: unrated unrated)

Trail details

Grade of Trail:

  • Moderate

Trail Waymarking:


Length of trail:

1.8 miles

Trail is currently open


Trail description

In the footsteps of medieval settlers past a
magical waterfall and with views into one of
England’s wildest valleys, the Smithy Beck
trail provides an outdoor experience for all to

The Smithy Beck Trail starts and
finishes at Bowness Knott car park and provides a great introduction to the Ennerdale valley. The path is identified on the ground with red painted wooden posts. Have a look at our Smithy Beck Trail Guide which you can print and take with you.

Red squirrel in larch. Ennerdale

Look out for Red Squirrels along the trail.

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What's Here?

  • Educational
  • Ancient Monuments
  • Visitor centre
  • Arboreta
  • Within the arboretum a number of wooden sculptures can be found.
  • Arts
  • Totem poles at the picnic area.
  • Barbeque
  • Some of the picnic benches have a barbecue rack fitted.
  • Camping
  • There are three backpacking sites within walking distance of Sidwood car park.
  • Cycling
  • Lewisburn is a great starting point for the Cross Border Cycle ride or for exploring the local area.
  • Fishing
  • Burn fishing permits can be obtained during the fishing season from Kielder Castle : 7.50 per day adults and 3.50 per day concessions.
  • Forest drive
  • A 12 mile forest drive from Kielder Castle to the A68.
  • Horse riding
  • There is a good Bridleway that takes you over Bloody Bush road that starts from the Picnic Site
  • Orienteering
  • Two junior courses and one full adult course (covering approximately 3 square kilometres) all start from Kielder Castle.
  • Picnic
  • Bull Crag offers two picnic areas.
  • Play area
  • There is room for ball games on the large grass lawn.
  • Walking
  • Warksburn has two walking trails that set off from the main carpark.
  • Viewpoint
  • Splendid views can be seen of Kielder Water from Bull Crag Picnic site.
  • Water sports
  • Many forms of watersport are available on Kielder Water, for general information contact Leaplish Waterside Park: 01434 250312 For details of watercraft hire contact Hawkhirst Scout Camp: 01434 250217
  • Wildlife
  • The forest is rich in its diversity of species. More information is given in the exhibition at Kielder Castle.
More about what's here


OS Grid ref: NY109153

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Gareth Browning
Beat Forester
017687 76816

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