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“Spectacular views and enjoyable ferry ride, but the forest drive is only for 4x4s”

Kielder Water & Forest Park
Ranked #3 of 10 things to do in Kielder
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Plenty to see and do all year round. Ideal for all ages.There are many reasons to visit; the most popular being the distinctive scenery. Home to northern Europe's largest man-made lake and England's largest forest, the Park's remoteness and clean air and water offer a fresh outdoor experience.Nature lovers, water sports enthusiasts, explorers, walkers, cyclists, artists, families ... perfect for anyone looking to escape, set their own agenda and create new experiences.
Reviewed 4 August 2014 via mobile

We travelled down to Kielder whilst staying at the Roxburgh Hotel near Kelso, and the climb over the border at Charter Bar followed by the long descent on winding undulating roads was magnificent in itself, and whetted our appetites quite nicely.

The lake itself is vast, and I would love to return to sail on it. In the meantime we made do with the efficient and enjoyable Osprey ferry. Which plies the waters several times a day. The onboard staff were pleasant, and the automated commentary very informative. Sadly the weather wasn't playing ball, and our views were limited, but the experience was nonetheless enjoyable.

On returning to Tower Knowe we continued around the lake by road, intending to use the forest drive to lead us back to the A68. Firstly however, very poor signage led us to miss the entrance and make a second circuit of Kielder village. On finally finding it a sign informed us that it was only suitable four wheel drive vehicles, something which had not been made clear on the respective website, or on earlier signs.

So, we ended up making our way back into Scotland via Deadwater, apparently the source of the Northern Tyne, and a truly spectacular road through the hills.

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Reviewed 31 July 2014

Been visiting this area for probably getting on for 25 years now and it still has that lovely draw for us. Every time we come this way it just gets better, so much to see and do and it hasn't changed a bit....perfect! Go, see, enjoy.............you'll not be disappointed!

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Reviewed 16 July 2014

Lovely day out, great walking, super cycling paths , if wanted there is a small ferry which goes to several places on the reservoir. Also enjoyed the live cam of the ospreys. Had a good lunch at Kielder Castle very fresh salad. Good to see that as the dark swathes of pines are felled, mixed planting is taking place.

Thank Lorraine L
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Reviewed 13 July 2014

I was very excited when driving into the Park to see a maze and was chomping at the bit to go into it. After the mandatory tea and scones and a stroll through the information centre, we walked down to the maze, my first maze experience. What great fun and it's free. It took a while to get through and lots of laughs. I am hoping that we will come across more simply amazing mazes!

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Reviewed 9 July 2014

Spent a beautiful day at Town Knowe, walked to the dam and admired the view over Kielder.
Drove the short distance to Leaplish and enjoyed watching the live cam of the ospreys.
Well laid out very clean facilities and well stocked shops.
Ideal for walking and dogs.
The car parking fee covers all sites which was a bonus.

1  Thank DeeDee2277
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