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Welcome to the award winning Kielder Water & Forest Park

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Who we are

Where we are and what we do.
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Kielder Water & Forest Park is unique. The fourth largest place in the world with Dark Sky Status, Northern Europe’s largest man-made lake and England’s largest working forest. It’s the best place for an escape to the great outdoors.

As well as our location, our people are what makes us who we are. Many employees within our onsite teams have lived in the area for years and know everything there is to know about what you can do and see and the history. Their knowledge is unrivalled and proves invaluable to visitors.

Kielder Waterside sits within the larger Kielder Water & Forest Park. The Park is ran by a number of stakeholders and partners. Our aim is to give you the visitor the most special and unique trip you can have.


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History of Kielder

From a small village to the largest man-made lake in northern Europe.

A brief overview of how Kielder and the park became what it is today.

The initial plans for Kielder started in the late 60’s and were approved by parliament in 1974. The scheme originally happened to help with the unexpected rise in demand for water to support the booming industrial economy. The reservoir is owned by Northumbrian Water and holds 200 billion litres of water.

To build the reservoir the Kielder Valley had to be flooded which meant the loss of a school railway and numerous farms and homes. The reservoir was officially opened by the Queen in 1982 and took a further two years to fill with water. The scheme wasn’t without controversy and Northumbrian Water made a commitment to make the local economy sustainable which is what led to what is now know as the Kielder Water & Forest Park Development Trust.

Tower Knowe has an interactive exhibition where you can view the area as it was developed and learn in more detail about the full project and what has happened since.

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How to find us

Always follow the brown signs

Coming from Jedburgh/the north east of Scotland take the A68 heading south then the B6320 from Otterburn to Bellingham. Follow the brown signs to Kielder Water & Forest Park.

Those travelling from the north west of Scotland should follow the A7. Leave the road at Canonbie to join the B6357 to Newcastleton and Kielder Water & Forest Park is signposted from there.

From Newcastle or Carlisle follow the A69 to Hexham then follow the B6320 to Bellingham (brown – signed Kielder Water & Forest Park) and then the C200 to Kielder Water & Forest Park.

In all instances always follow the brown signs for Kielder Water & Forest Park; Kielder Waterside is within the park.

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What our customers have to say

  • "Great area friendly people just what was needed for a relaxing break."

  • "A beautiful place to stay, friendly and helpful staff, lodge was clean and tidy, would recommend to anyone"

  • "A very relaxing holiday in beautiful surroundings."

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