Gruffalo Spotting Adventure

Note: This activity ended on November 26, 2017.

The Gruffalo adventure has returned to Kielder Water and Forest Park. The amazing App (download before you leave home) will bring this trail alive for you and your family.

The trail is already a hit with families as you will find our fantastic Gruffalo, Gruffalo Child and Stickman sculptures along the way- it really is a great trail for all the family and we also have a fantastic bird hide shelter on the route- so even on a rainy day you can picnic in the forest and conjure up some lunchtime fun with the little ones. Our hide is also All access friendly and you can access a wheelchair up to the Gruffalo and Gruffalo’s Child to ensure everyone gets the chance to meet these characters.

It is essential you download The Gruffalo Spotter app at home, then visit Kielder Water and Forest Park (there is NO mobile phone coverage). Along the trail look out for clues which lead to footprint marker posts - point the app at these and watch Mouse, Fox, Owl, Snake and the Gruffalo appear before your eyes!

Gruffalo trail dates and information

The trail is open from the 22nd February 2017 and will be open throughout the year until November 26, 2017. It is aimed at younger children, but the whole family can enjoy following clues and collecting evidence. Download the app before you visit and point it at the markers to bring the characters to life! You can find the start of the trail at Kielder Castle, and it is about 1.5 miles in length.

Buy your activity pack from Kielder Castle café between 11am and 4.00pm (until 31st March) open 10am from 1st April until 5pm  (5.30pm during school holidays).

Trail Opening times
8.00am until dusk

Trail starting point
Kielder Castle. Follow the Duke's trail.

Length of trail

£4.50 until 31st March and £5.00 all day (from 1st April) or £1.50 for one hour.

You can park for FREE all year round when you purchase a Discovery Pass £40.00 for 12 months parking, for more info go to

*School groups
Self-led visits can be arranged by contacting the Kielder Castle rangers on 01434 250209 or


Activity Kit

Set out on your Gruffalo Spotting adventure with the Gruffalo Activity Kit! The kit contains an evidence collection bag, 5 fact and activity cards, stickers of the Gruffalo characters, a special magnifying glass, ruler and a pencil! Buy your activity pack from the Kielder Castle café for just £3.


The trail and the app are free of charge, but we ask that visitors pay to park in the forest. You can park in the Kielder Castle car park for just £5 all day!

More information

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Are you brave enough to take a photo with the Gruffalo? Share it on Facebook and Instagram with #GruffaloSpotters!

Gruffalo Spotting Adventure