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Hi, I took my old Land Rover on the forest drive couple year ago. It was great, people complain about the state of the road. To be honest it adds to the experience. Makes a change from tarmac, I'm wanting to do it again before it closes, what is the closing date this year? Thanks


Richie Hauxwell, 20/Aug/2018

Currently the drive is scheduled to close in December

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5 Stars 5 Stars

Did the forest drive and IT WAS spectacular. I was wondering what the cordon tape was next to blakehope nick?

Anonymous, 16/Jul/2018

Glad you enjoyed the drive. There is a new interpretation point being installed at Blakehope Nick this summer.

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5 Stars 5 Stars

If you follow the guidance an drive slow your car will be fine and you will be rewarded with some magnificent views of the forest and wildlife. We saw deer including 3 new fawns, buzards, a goshawk and we think a pereguine falcon. It was so good we did the trip 3 times in a day and we will be back to do it again. Hope the Lynx project goes ahead.

K.Raine, 16/Jun/2018

Well it's the 27th May 2018, just driven today on the Forest Drive. I would NOT recommend it due to the awful , horrendous road condition. Car covered in dust outside and inside, stones hitting the underside for the full drive. Couldn't wait to reach the A68. If this is how the road is to remain I would not use again.

Greyz, 27/May/2018

Please read the description of the trail above. The forest drive is a gravel covered road and as such stones will be lifted by the tyres. The dust is due to the very dry conditions we have experienced lately.

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5 Stars 5 Stars

Well surfaced. Plenty of passing places. Some lovely views

Great fun, 27/May/2018

Hi can you drive the route in either direction? Or only a one-way route? Thanks

Ed, 18/May/2018

The forest drive reopens on Saturday 26th May and can be driven in both directions (it is single track with passing places)

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regular visitor for the past 18 years now but although the forest drive is nice it has been spoilt by the trucks breaking the road up and by people driving to fast making large dust clouds and failing to give way or use the pass places properly

I did use the drive at all in 2017 due to the ignorance of other drivers that show no courtesy for others.

Its not as nice as it was 10 year ago when hardly anyone knew about it and before all the trees where harvested but will be good when the new trees grow up

George Downing, 12/Apr/2018

The forest drive is currently closed due to harvesting but will be re-graded and repaired before re-opening on Saturday 26 May.

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Hi, when does the forest drive open for 4x4?

garry jones, 1/Apr/2018

The Forest Drive will re-open to all vehicles on 1 May.

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5 Stars 5 Stars

Nice ride through on my adventure motorcycle, very scenic, will do it again next year when the road re opens good fun.

Warren, 28/Oct/2017
5 Stars 5 Stars

I loved it, yeah there's a lot of the forest that has disappeared however if you wander through some of the little lanes. It really is spectacular, I would recommend that it's in an Suv or 4WD of some sort and have a back up plan if you get stuck, but me and my friend thought it was brilliant, half the people we met saying it's not great etc where all driving small pot pot cars,(nice for the lane I suppose) It's well worth the money.

Stu, 24/Aug/2017
3 Stars 3 Stars

Too much de-forestation means the drive is now more of a gravel road. Still worth it, but not if traveling a long distance to get here. Lost it's magic now, far better a few years ago.

David Bishop, 7/Aug/2017
2 Stars 2 Stars

This is a spectacular drive. However, due to rather drastic deforestation ("forest management"), not much forest is left along the roadside. Let's be clear, this is mainly an access road for heavy timbering equipment.

I would recommend the drive/ride, but it isn't the same in 2017 what it used to be 7-10 years ago.

Joe Smith, 15/Apr/2017

my comments have already been made to the keilder forest website, it is unfortunate that their website makes no mention of the trail being closed, so a 140 mile trip ended in disappointed for me

barbara turnbull, 11/Apr/2017

Sorry you had a disappointing trip to Kielder recently. The closure information has been posted on this page since last October although other websites may have been displaying out of date information.

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4 Stars 4 Stars

Went today, 15/8/16. Excellent drive, easily manageable with care, despite the untarmaced sections. Wonderful scenery and wildlife. Despite no specific picnic sites, there are plenty of places to pull off and take a break to admire the scenery. Very little traffic, and very peaceful. Well recommended.

SHELDON, 15/Aug/2016
5 Stars 5 Stars

I took my motorbike and it was a really good ride.

Just remember that it is a 2 way road.

I was unlucky enough to meet two Audis coming at me at an uncontrollable speed. It was a joy for me to dive into watery ditch to avoid being hit.

Most of the road itself is made large gravel stones and runs through a beautiful area and apart from the rally driver wannabes I really enjoyed it.

Anonymous, 14/Jul/2016
5 Stars 5 Stars

Thoroughly enjoyed our trip along the drive. Nice views and great to be in the wilderness away from traffic.

Anonymous, 16/Jun/2016
2 Stars 2 Stars

Very disappointing.nowhere to park and walk or picnicdespite paying 6.00 for drive &parking. Most of drive consists of cut down trees.!

Anonymous, 8/Jun/2016

Sorry to read you were disappointed by the Forest Drive. There are spots to park and picnic at Kielder Burn and the wildlife hide, both towards the Kielder end of the drive. However, the drive is designed primarily as an experience to be enjoyed in a car with walking and picnic opportunities at either end (the £6 ticket you purchased covered the drive plus parking in the rest of Kielder Water and Forest Park).

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Is the forest drive now open as planned?

Tony, 25/May/2016

The forest drive is currently open.

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Hello, I have a 4x4 motorhome that wight up to 5t. Would I be allowed to take it on the drive? Thanks

Anja, 25/May/2016

Yes, the forest drive from the visitor centre to Grove Car Park (tarmac section) is accessible by vehicles of your size. The second half of the drive is not on tarmac and has a tight turn to exit from Blackling Hole.

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Do you expect The Forrest Drive will re-open as usual from May 1st this year (2016)?

P. Matthews, 5/Apr/2016

Yes, once winter repair work has been completed the Forest Drive will re-open. The opening is scheduled for the first May Bank Holiday weekend.

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Is it open this week (07/12/2015-11/12/2015 or is it closed with the bad weather

David Brown, 7/Dec/2015

The drive is currently closed due to storm damage

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England's Woods and Forests are cared for by Forest Enterprise England, an agency of the Forestry Commission.