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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