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.
6 amazing forests in 6 breath-taking locations. Chopwell, Gisburn, Grizedale, Hamsterley, Kielder, Whinlatter are the Super 6! Grab your bike and discover our exhilarating trails!
From February 24th, follow clues and collect evidence as you search for the Gruffalo along the Gruffalo Spotters trail! Bring the characters to life before your eyes with The Gruffalo Spotter free app, or gather clues with an Evidence Kit. More details for Kielder Water and Forest Park
Experience stars in the night sky like never before when visiting Kielder Forest after dark this winter. Kielder Observatory will run a whole programme of events throughout the year, but start at the Kielder Castle visitor centre to try our "Why stars matter" trail to see why we hold Dark Sky Discovery status and are amongst the top stargazing sites in the country. Trail starts at Bakethin Viaduct car park.
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?
3 StarsAnonymous, 19/Apr/2017
My comment is also a question: Been visiting for years and love Kielder Forest and Water as one of the most remote and amazing places in England.
More recently, however, it seems like vast areas of Kielder Forest have been harvested, there are hardly any trees left in some places (e.g. Kielder Forest Drive), compared with just 24 months ago?
My question: is this still sustainable forest management or just plain commercial activity?
Looking forward to your response and I hope you can reassure me and many others that you are not destroying this beautiful place?
Forestry Commission Response
Clear felling areas of forest can indeed look brutal but it is part of sustainable forest management. These areas are re-planted after felling is complete. All Forestry Commission managed land is certified by the Forestry Stewardship Council who independently audit our forests to ensure they are sustainably managed.
4 StarsAnonymous, 9/Apr/2017
We especially my two grandchildren 31whad an excellent day on the Gruffalo trail even though it was a bit boggy. We had a good meal in the cafe and as we were staying at leaplish the car park was free.
Do you have the gruffalo sculpture up at kielder
Forestry Commission Response
Yes, both the Gruffalo and Gruffalo Child are resident near Kielder Castle.