GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Kielder Reservoir Walk

10 miles (16.5 km)

Enjoy a walk along the southern end of this expansive reservoir in Northumberland. The route visits the Bullcrag Peninsula and the Kielder Dam with fine views across the water throughout. The impressive man made reservoir is notable as the largest artificial lake in the United Kingdom by capacity of water.
The walk starts from the Tower Knowe Visitor Centre at the southern end of the lake. There's good facilities here with a car park, cafe and an interactive exhibition on theDam and how it was built. There's a nice viewpoint here just to the north east of the centre which you can visit before starting the walk. Here you'll find a cairn representing the start of the project.
The route heads west from the car park along the lakeside path to the Bull Crag Peninsula. There's nice trails here around the peninsula taking you to the Otterstone viewpoint. After rounding the peninsula you then retrace your steps to the visitor centre before heading east to visit the Kielder Dam.


NE48 1BX - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Kielder Reservoir OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Kielder Reservoir Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


At the visitor centre you'll find the Wafflemeistercafe where you can enjoy handmade Belgian liege waffles, thick shakes and savoury American waffles.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

For a longer walk around the whole reservoir see the Kielder Forest Lakeside Way. Also nearby is the more peaceful Kershope Forest.
On the southern side of the forest you can explore Wark Forest. It's a very peaceful area with miles of good walking and mountain bike trails. There's a car park at the Stonehaugh Picnic and campsite where you can pick up some nice walks along the Blacka Burn.
Head west and you could pick up the Newcastleton Railway Walk which includes views of Liddel Water and a visit to the historic ruins of Mangerton Tower.
The reservoir makes a good start point for the long distance Border County Ride. The circular cycling and walking route explores the forests and hills of the Cheviots, visiting the England - Scotland border on the way.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Northumberland Walks and Cheviots Walks pages.


Cairn, Tower Knowe Peninsula - - 808228

Cairn, Tower Knowe Peninsula. Built to mark the inauguration of the start of the Kielder Reservoir project.

Tower Knowe Visitor Centre - - 1362813

Tower Knowe Visitor Centre Tower Knowe is the first of the Kielder Water Visitor Centres which most visitors are likely to see. It is however, much smaller and less busy than Leaplish some 6 km further up the valley.

Kielder Water - - 986465

Kielder Water seen from near the Otterstone Viewpoint on Bullcrag Peninsula. Deadwater Fell is prominent on the horizon

Merlin Brae - - 953697

Merlin Brae

The jetty at Whickhope - - 44756

The jetty at Whickhope

Kielder Shore on north side of Bull Crag Peninsula - - 1712949

Kielder Shore on north side of Bull Crag Peninsula. This section of shore is near the eastern end of the short stretch of old road that the new Lakeside Way path utilizes.

Bullcrag Peninsula - - 986481

Small inlet at the eastern end of Bullcrag Peninsula

Dam at Kielder Water - - 204539

Dam at Kielder Water


GPS Files

GPX File

Kielder Reservoir.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Kielder Reservoir.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)