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Photo walks in Northumberland - Kielder.


Bull Crag Peninsula Circular Walk.

Introduction

Bull Crag Peninsula is situated between the Visitor Centre at Tower Knowe Leaplish Waterside Park.

It is a Headland that forms the large inlet at Whickhope which is used as a marina by many sailing boats.

This short walk around the peninsula follows waymarked forest trails and footpaths to afford some spectacular views along Kielder Water.

There are also some interesting brass rubbing plaques located at various points.

The walk starts at the first of two car parks that are approached along a forest track from the C200 road that runs along the south side of Kielder Water. There were parking charges in this car park when we visited.

Kielder is a working forest so please follow any signs or directions given by forestry workers.

Walk

Leave your car and walk back along the car park entrance track until you reach a junction.

Turn right and follow the track for about 1/4 mile then turn left towards the second car park.

Walk through the car park to a kissing gate in a stone wall. Here is where the superb views of Kielder Water start to open up.

The path passes through the gate and crosses an area of grassland towards the reservoir. This area can be wet underfoot after heavy rain.

Make a short detour to a stone seat under a pine tree. It is worth resting here for a while to enjoy the view and tranquility of this area.

Follow the path down to join a forestry track that runs along the waters edge. Turn right along this track and follow it briefly through the forest where you will see one of the brass rubbing plaques embedded in a boulder.

When the track leaves the forest you will join a section of the old North Tyne Road which was not submerged by the Reservoir. Even after all these years the white lines faintly remain. The only traffic these days belong to forest workers.

Follow the road until a track to the right takes you back into the forest at the end of the peninsula - this is almost the half way point.

There are great views along Kielder Water to the dam and Tower Knowe Visitor Centre as you progress along the trail. You may also see the Kielder Water Ferry taking passengers on sightseeing cruises.

The track rises away from the shoreline now and up into the forest for a pleasant return stroll, along an almost straight track.

After about 3/4 mile you reach a junction with the track you walked along to reach the second car park. Turn left here and walk for a short distance before turning left to the car park and picnic area where you started the walk.

A final and worthwhile detour continues down the track from the car park towards the shoreline, where there is a great viewpoint looking over the inlet at Whickhope.

Notes

Good walking boots are advised for this walk.

A camera and binoculars will reward you with some great photographs and viewing if the weather is fine.

Maps - Ordinance Survey Landranger 80

Distance walked - under 3 miles.

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Track beside Car Park


Kissing Gate with view of Kielder Water


View between Kissing Gate and Seat


Seat with a view


The Kielder Water Ferry

 


Rubbing Plaque

View along Kielder Water towards Leaplish


The old road up the North Tyne valley


View towards Whickhope


View south towards the dam


Looking over the bay to Tower Knowe


Track beside Car Park

 


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