We look forward to welcoming you to Kielder Water & Forest Park. Please see our Know Before You Go page for lots of useful information including important details on access to routes following storm damage.

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Access at Kielder Water & Forest Park

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

Our teams are working as fast as they can, but in some areas the size and complexity of the damage and remote locations is going to take months to fix. Storm damaged trees can be unstable and dangerous. We need to make trees safe, within two tree-lengths of all of our trails. Unfortunately this means some facilities remain closed. 

IMPORTANT NOTE - while sections of the Lakeside Way are now accessible, please note that the full 26 miles is not accessible. See the map/attachment below. 

Kielder map

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 with all other routes being planned to be opened during 2022.

We ask that everyone stays on the main forest tracks and adhere to all information/ warning signs and barriers at all times. We thank you for your patience and co-operation.

Here is the full list of what's open, diversion in place or remains closed.  

11th May 2022    
Walking routes     
Facility / route name Status  Updates
Dukes Trail  Open  
Skyspace/ Kielder Observatory  Open Using forest road only. Forest area walk will be closed for months
Deadwater Open  
Warksburn (Stonehaugh) Open 2 small diversions in place for next 6 months+
Sidwood (Riverside Trail only) Open  
Hindhope Linn Waterfall Open Only access direct to Waterfall. Rest closed long term
Landal Kielder Waterside - Freya's Cabin Open  Access from the layby beyond the water ski club on the Kielder Waterside exit road.
Landal Kielder Waterside - Otterstone Viewpoint via Freya's Cabin Open  Access from the layby beyond the water ski club on the Kielder Waterside exit road.
Landal Kielder Waterside - Matthew's Linn Open   
Lakeside Way south shore (LSW) Dam, Tower Knowe to Matthews Linn via Bull Crag Open  
Wild Walks (WW) Falstone Open   
WW Greenhaugh Open  
WW Stonehaugh Open   
WW Tower Knowe peninsula Open  
Lakeside Way northshore  Open with diversions Diversions in place till autumn
Pennine Way (national trail) Open with diversions Bellingham to Blakehopeburnhaugh open fully. Diversion in place Sill to Stonehaugh.
Sidwood Bastle Trail  Closed Will be closed for many months.
Duchess Trail  Closed Aiming for summer reopening
Kielder Waterside Beeches walk Closed  
Wild Walks (WW) Bakethin Hide Closed Bakethin Nature Reserve including Hide and reservoir is closed. 
WW Belling & Wave Chamber Closed  
WW Kielder Castle & Bakethin Closed  
WW Wildwood Closed  
WW Salmon Centre Closed  
     
Cycle Trail/ Mountain Bike Facilities    
Jump Line Open   
Borderline Trail Open  
Route 68 Sill to Bellingham Open  
Deadwater red & black trails Open  
Cross Border Trail  Open  
LSW Dam to Tower Knowe  Open   
Landal Kielder Waterside - Freya's Cabin Open  Access from the layby beyond the water ski club on the Kielder Waterside exit road.
Landal Kielder Waterside - Otterstone Viewpoint via Freya's Cabin Open  Access from the layby beyond the water ski club on the Kielder Waterside exit road.
Landal Kielder Waterside - Matthew's Linn Open  Diversions likely to be in place most of 2022
Lakeside Way LSW Tower Knowe to Matthews Linn via Bull Crag Open  
Lakeside Way LSW north shore Open with diversions 50/50 Lakeside Way / North Haul Forest Road
Lakeside Way LSW shouth shore Open only Bakethin area still closed  Bakethin area only section that remains closed until summer
Osprey Trail  Open with diversions Using forest roads. Fully opening summer.
Lonesome Pine Trail Closed Skydive section ONLY opening soon
Bloodybush Trail Closed  Aim to have open summer 2022.
Cycle Skills Loop  Closed Due to upgrading work required.
Forest Head Silvas Capitalis  Closed   
Access at Kielder Water & Forest Park

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