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Walk 14 - Kielder Water

Get away from the crowds at Kielder and discover the North East shore. This walk combines the little walked shoreline that treats you to some spectacular views of the largest man made lake in Northern Europe. Kielder has a good profile of walks in Northumberland, but get away from the crowds and do something different.



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walk summary

  • Distance: 8.5 miles
  • Time: 4 hours
  • Difficulty: Difficult
  • Starting Point: Kielder
  • OS Map: Explorer OL42

Get away from the crowds at Kielder and discover the harsh Northeast shore. This walk combines the little walked shoreline that treats you to some spectacular views of the largest man made lake in Northern Europe.


As this stretch is so inaccessible I guarantee a quiet walk with a sense of isolation which is quite unique.


You then return via the broad forest tracks that have plenty of interesting points to view on the way.


The route is very well waymarked, but walking boots are essential. The stretch following the shoreline is rough and also can be wet in places if there has been a lot of rain. Don’t let this put you off though as the challenge is well worth it.


Kielder has a good profile of walks in Northumberland, but get away from the crowds and do something different.



Distances and driving times to starting point


Newcastle - Distance: 46 miles


Sunderland - Distance: 59 miles


Hexham - Distance: 26 miles


Alnwick - Distance: 60 miles


Edinburgh - Distance: 87 miles


 

shepherd's notes

DR wrote, 'As you said this was a difficult route and we all found it to be rather strenuous, even though there was no ascent. We also saw a grass snake on the path - it had beautiful markings - it was green with black stripes. One of our party was absolutely terrified. It was a lovely walk and we didn't meet a soul all day'.


Suitable for people with dogs, as does not pass through any farmland.


AH wrote “I was introduced to the Kielder walk last Monday. The weather and views were superb. However don't under estimate the walk, as it is more difficult due to the conditions underfoot than anticipated from looking at the map. Based on the walk, I have sent for some of the others. Keep up the good work. Look forward to receiving the walks”.

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