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Leaplish Circular Walk, Kielder.

Introduction

This walk starts and finishes in the lakeside car park at Leaplish Waterside Park or from the Caravan Park if you are staying there.

The walk is mostly sheltered on tarmac roads and good footpaths so can be done in almost any weather.

Total Distance is under two miles.

Toilets - next to the pub / shops, but not always open.

Kielder Ferry
Kielder Ferry.
Kielder Water
Kielder Water.

 

Walk

Leave the car park and walk back along the road along which you will have travelled to reach the car park.

Leaplish Car Park
Leaplish Car Park.

Road through the forest.
Road through the forest.

 

Follow the road as it rises through the forest and levels out near the entrance to the Caravan Park.

Caravan Site Entrance.
Caravan Site Entrance.

Main entrance to Leaplish.
Main entrance to Leaplish.

 

Once past the Caravan Park the road starts to go downhill, past the entrance / exit to the main road on your right.

Trees have been felled recently and Kielder Reservoir will soon come into view straight ahead.

Heading downhill to the lake.
Heading downhill to the lake.

Kielder Water coming into view.
Kielder Water coming into view.

 

As the road curves left and downhill to the lakeside there are great views all the way along this stretch of road which weren't visible before the tree felling.

Open views of the lake.
Open views of the lake.

Much tree felling here.
Much tree felling here.

 

At the bottom of the hill the road continues to the car park but a path to the right goes down to the lakeside.

On a clear day you can see to the dam.
On a clear day you can see to the dam.

Turn off the road here.
Turn off the road here.

View from the lakeside.
View from the lakeside.

View from the lakeside.
View from the lakeside.

 

Follow this path through trees between the road and the lake until it emerges at a car park.

Path through the trees.
Path through the trees.

At the car park - the path goes to the right.
At the car park - the path goes to the right.

 

Take a path on the right which once again leads to the lakeside and follow this path. After a while Leaplish will come into view, along with the Kielder Ferry if it is moored at it's jetty.

Floating Jetty
Floating Jetty.

View along the shore.
View along the shore.

View back along the path from the car park.
View back along the path from the car park.

View across the lake.
View across the lake.

View to Leaplish.
View to Leaplish.

The Kielder Ferry.
The Kielder Ferry.

 

Turn left back to the forest past an old line of Beech trees that once formed a land boundary. An information board tells you the history of them.

Beech Trees
Beech Tree Boundary.

Cross the bridge ahead.
Cross the bridge ahead.

 

Straight ahead lies a footbridge and fenced footpath. Follow this through the forest. To your right are views to the ferry jetty again.

Path back to the start.
Path back to the start.

Path back to the start.
Path back to the start.

View through the trees.
View through the trees.

View through the trees.
View through the trees.

 

The path soon emerges back at the car park with the children's play area on your left.

Back at the Car Park.
Back at the Car Park.

Childrens Playground.
Children's Playground.

 

Kielder Ferry.
Kielder Ferry.

A coach for the new Kielder Railway on display.
A coach for the new Kielder Railway on display.

 

Notes

Walking Gear:

- Good walking shoes or boots.

- Waterproof clothing advisable depending on the weather forecast.

 

Maps - Ordnance Survey Landranger sheet no. 80

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