Access at Kielder Water & Forest Park

As most visitors know, Kielder Water & Forest Park suffered significant storm damage in November 2021 and again in January and February 2022.

Our teams have been working very hard for the past ten months to clear and make safe all routes.  We are close to having most routes re-opened. 

Long term trail closures at Kielder into late 2022/2023 are now predicted to be only Lonesome Pine MTB trail and Bastle Forest Walk at Sidwood. 

As so many routes are now re-opened - the list below details routes that remain closed or have a diversion in place.

Updated 11th October 2022 

Walking routes     
Facility / route name Status  Updates
Skyspace/ Kielder Observatory  Open with diversions Using forest road only. Forest area walk will be closed into late 2023
Sidwood  Open Riverside Trail only 
Hindhope Linn Waterfall Open Only access direct to Waterfall. Rest closed long term
Pennine Way (national trail) Open with diversions Bellingham to Blakehopeburnhaugh open fully. Diversion in place Sill to Stonehaugh into February 2023
Sidwood Bastle Trail  Closed Will be closed for many months
Duchess Trail  Closed Route now cleared, surfacing work to be carried out soon
WW Belling & Wave Chamber Closed  
WW Kielder Castle & Bakethin Closed  
WW Salmon Centre Closed  
Cycle Trail/ Mountain Bike Facilities    
Osprey Trail  Open 99% 99% open, only Chick trail section closed
Lonesome Pine Trail Closed Skydive section ONLY open. Long term closure on rest of trail- could be late 2023/ early 2024 reopened.
Bloodybush Trail Closed  Aim to have open before December 2022
Cycle Skills Loop  Closed Closed until 2023
Forest Head Silvas Capitalis  Closed  Repairs required 
Janus Chairs  Closed  Maintenance required 
Access at Kielder Water & Forest Park