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Deadwater Walking Trail
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.7/5)

Trail details

Grade of Trail:

  • Demanding

Trail Waymarking:


Length of trail:

8 miles

Trail is currently open


Trail description

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.

Specere shelter, Deadwater Fell, Kielder Water and Forest ParkA shelter at the summit ('Specere') will at least give you somewhere dry to enjoy your flask and sandwich if the Northumberland weather does it's worst!

Download our free walking map for the Deadwater walking trail

What do other visitors say?

5 Stars 5 Stars

Clear all the way to within 100 feet of summit,

fog then whiteout for 10 minutes,cleared to reveal fantastic views. Well worth the effort to get up there. Much more sedate than the mountain bike a few years ago. Will be back when it warms up. Bonus of no midges at this time of year.

Marice, 7/Feb/2017
5 Stars 5 Stars

Well worth the effort to get to the top as the views are amazing. I definitely think that the length of the walk is more likely to be around

7.5 miles.

Vanessa, 28/Sep/2015
4 Stars 4 Stars

Good walk but we measured it on a walking app on our phone. It was 8.6 miles long. Way markers are fine now.

Helen , 19/Aug/2015

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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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