Kielder Water & Forest Park re-opening - updated 8 July 2020
Some car parks and public toilets in Kielder Water & Forest Park are now open.
We appreciate that people want to start visiting the Kielder area again, but would urge anybody who does choose to visit to be respectful of the local communities.
Please stay away from village and residential centres, and strictly observe Government guidelines on social distancing wherever you are in the Park.
As much as possible, please continue to stay local and exercise close to home.
The measures outlined below are in line with recent Government guidance updates, but we will keep them under review and they may be subject to change.
The following car parks are now open:
Normal car parking charges apply. All of these car parks, with the exception of Kielder Castle, Lower Skyspace and Elf Kirk, can be paid for in advance at www.bookwhen.com/car-parking and we urge anybody who is visiting to do so.
Kielder Membership/Discovery Pass holders can use their pass to park, as normal.
Please note that Kielder Waterside remains closed to visitors until 4th July. Where Lakeside Way passes through Kielder Waterside, we strongly urge walkers to stick strictly to the path and to not enter the site. No facilities at Kielder Waterside will be open at this time.
The Forest Drive is now open.
Overnight stays in motorhomes will be permitted from 4th July at Kielder Castle, Elf Kirk and Tower Knowe car parks at a cost of £10 per night.
The public toilets opposite Kielder Castle and at Tower Knowe will be open.
When using these, please follow social distancing guidelines, use the sanitiser and liquid soaps provided, abide by all safety and usage signage, and be considerate and respectful of those whose job it is to keep these facilities clean.
We’d like to remind people of the following:
We would also ask that people take their litter home or use bins provided, and to dispose of dog waste properly, to help limit the risk of infection. Please do not leave dog mess bags lying around the area.
Angling/Tower Knowe gift shop
Please see this link for an update on angling: https://www.visitkielder.com/news/2020/05/northumbrian-water-update-on-fishing
The gift shop at Tower Knowe is open from 10am until 4pm, Monday to Sunday and has some limited stock of bait and tackle available. The shop also stocks gifts, homeware and take-away treats.
Please continue to use our online booking system as a priority to purchase your day permit. This can be done at www.bookwhen.com/watersideparksnorth.
Any purchases made in the shop are by card payment only. Please observe our social distancing instructions and signs and use the hand gel provided
Kielder Cycle Centre
The Kielder Cycle Centre is now open 7 days a week for hire, accessory and clothing sales, as well as a range of cold drinks, energy bars and chocolate. Limited number of hire bikes available, so it is advisable to book in advance. Call 01434 250457 for further details. https://www.thebikeplace.co.uk/
Other facilities and attractions
Please note that all the wildlife hides in the Park will remain closed, as will the Kielder Art & Architecture installations. Kielder Castle and the surrounding grounds will also remain closed. In line with Government guidelines, all play areas will remain closed.
Other facilities that remain closed across the Park include:
Further updates will be posted on our social media channels as and when things change.
Thank you and stay safe.
Please see below further information and links provided by our attractions/operators.
Landal Kielder Waterside
Landal Kielder Waterside lodges are now open. All lodges are bookable on our website https://www.kielderwaterside.com/book/ or by calling the guest services team on 01434 251000.
The Birds of Prey Centre, retail and various activities will all available for use, as well as the onsite restaurant The Hide, offering a delicious menu and take-away option.
Calvert Kielder continues to welcome respite care guests who need a care service at this difficult time. Please ring during office hours to discuss your needs 01434 250232.
The centre is also now open for self catered breaks, care breaks and day activities.
The Observatory is preparing to reopen from 1st August.
Kielder Campsite is now open for pre-booked visitors. https://kieldercampsite.co.uk/
Kielder Birds of Prey Centre
The centre is now open, although until social distancing guidelines are further relaxed large gatherings of people are being avoided, so no organised display/talks at this time (please check social media for updates). https://www.facebook.com/kielderwaterbopc/