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Duke's Trail
(Average user rating: unrated unrated)

Trail details

Grade of Trail:

  • Moderate

Trail Waymarking:


Length of trail:

1.5 miles/2.4km (buggy friendly first 0.5 miles/800m) miles

Trail is currently open


Trail description

A small woodland pond beside the Duke's TrailThis is a pleasant stroll thorough the grounds of Kielder Castle and the adjacent woodland. There are observation points offering views of wildlife feeding areas where the forest’s many birds and Britain’s native red squirrel may be seen.

The first half mile of the Duke’s Trail, with slight inclines and fine graded stone and tarmac surface, is designed for use by wheelchair users (with assistance) and families with buggies. The remaining mile is on a mixture of forest road and surfaced path. Rougher surfaces and a sharp descent through Ravenshill Wood renders this section of the trail unsuitable for unaccompanied wheelchair users.

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What's Here?

  • Picnic
  • Dogs
  • There are no dog bins. Dog waste should either be bagged and taken home or flicked off the path into the undergrowth.
  • Trail (easy)
  • The trail starts at the front of Kielder Castle on a tarmac surfaced path for 250m (initially with a moderate gradient). The trail continues up a 'zig-zag' path to the squirrel hide on an incline with a handrail in places. This section a compacted stone surface suitable for wheelchair users with assistance. The path is suitable for assisted wheelchair users for the first 1/2 mile. A return can be made where the trail crosses the top of the main car park. The remainder of the trail is stone surfaced on a mixture of narrow tracks and forest road. There are moderate inclines and a series of staggered steps on the final descent on the trail.
  • Wildlife
  • Chance to spot red squirrels and feathered visitors in the hide at the arboretum.
More about what's here


OS Grid ref: NY632934
Postcode: NE48 1ER

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Kielder Castle

01434 250209
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