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6. Kielder Water and Forest Park

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Kielder Water and Forest Park

Kielder Water & Forest Park is an area of stunning beauty and serenity, home to Northern Europe's largest man-made lake, England's largest forest and officially the country's most tranquil spot, according to the Campaign to Protect Rural England.

The sun-dappled glades and gently lapping waters burst with things to do for families and lovers of the great outdoors.

Take a stroll through dense forest, literally take your horse to water or hire a bike and explore the mile upon mile of purpose built trails. Kielder is a true walking, cycling and horse riding haven. Take to the waters on the Kielder Water Cruise or try sailing and water sports on the miles of open water. The forest is home to ever-expanding mountain biking trails, including 13 outstanding technical loops packed full of berms, drop-offs and challenging singletrack.

At Leaplish Waterside Park, waterskiing, sailing, wind-surfing and kite-surfing enthusiasts take to the water year-round, whilst fantastic fishing can be found on the lake or in Kielder's River North Tyne.
 
Alternatively, check out Tower Knowe Visitor Centre and discover Kielder's history, from glaciation to gory Border conflicts with Scottish Reivers. Wherever you wander, there's surprising contemporary art installations to enjoy along the way and abundant wildlife, including red squirrel, deer and many rare bird species. Picnic spots and places to eat are scattered throughout the park, including the Boat Inn at Leaplish, Tower Knowe's Water's Edge Restaurant or the Duke's Pantry at Kielder Castle, a former hunting lodge of the Duke of Northumberland with impressive forest drive and adventure playground.

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