North East

Kielder Water and Forest Park, Northumberland

  • Distance

    26 miles

    Equivalent of walking up the Eiffel Tower 130 times

  • Duration

    10 hours

  • Difficulty


  • Terrain

    Public footpaths, some hilly climbs

  • OS grid reference


  • Calories burned


    The equivalent of half a dozen donuts

Route Info

Nestled near the Scottish border, at the top of Northumberland, is an amazing man-made landscape that contains a few surprises.

Kielder Water and Forest Park forms part of the largest man-made forest in Northern Europe. Each year the Forestry Commission harvests around half a million cubic metres of timber, supplying a whopping 25 percent of the wood we use in this country.

The Lakeside Way trail within the park is one of England’s finest long distance paths, which, if you’re fit enough, can be completed in as little as 8 hours. However, you should allow more time to take in the stunning scenery, have a spot of lunch or absorb some of the contemporary art and architecture dotted along the path.

Kit List

  • Good walking boots
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Daysack
  • Snacks that can be stored in pockets
  • A beginner’s guide to art and architecture

Did you know?

Kielder Water is home to northern Europe’s largest man-made lake

Route Highlight

Along the Lakeside Way are six unusual shelters that were designed by artists and architects, the latest addition to a range of artistic pieces on show in the park.

Where to stop

Try the nearby Pheasant Inn, a friendly, popular pub with homely accommodation and excellent food.