If you want to do your own thing or are looking to make the most of a residential stay, there are a number of self-led activities available at venues within the park.
It does occasionally rain in Kielder, so an indoor base to leave bags or to have your lunch may be important. At Kielder Castle, a forest classroom is available to hire for a half or full day. Here you can also take advantage of visiting the well-established forestry exhibition where you can view wildlife on remote cameras. Toilet provision and a café where you can book packed lunches, make this grand building the perfect place to start your group adventure in the park.
Just a short walk from Kielder Castle, Kielder Salmon Centre is a fascinating exhibition about the aquatic inhabitants of Kielder Water and North Tyne River. Find out more about the wider freshwater environment and in particular the work of Kielder Hatchery. The centre is fully accessible and the exhibition includes films with audio commentary. Open April to September, 10am to 4pm. For more information, contact Environment Agency. [firstname.lastname@example.org]
For groups wishing to explore slightly further afield, mountain bikes can be hired from Kielder Castle Cycle Centre. Seeing the forest on two wheels is a fantastic way to visit more difficult to reach sites and gain an overview of the scale and range of habitats in Kielder Water and Forest Park.
Have a close encounter of the feathered kind at Kielder Birds of Prey Centre located at Kielder Waterside. Group bookings are taken for flying demonstrations and bird handling sessions. A great way to learn more about birds and their ecology.