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Kielder and The West

Boats at Kielder Water

Boats at Kielder Water © Tom Curtis/

A big part of rural Northumberland is made up of the Northumberland National Park and Kielder Water and Forest Park.

This area offers some of the best walking, mountain biking and kayaking with events and festivals taking place throughout the year.

It is also home to some of the best birdwatching in Britain as well as many of its finest pubs.

Kielder is officially the most tranquil place in England according to the Campaign to Protect Rural England.

Fishing is a a huge sport in Britain, and is a growing one in Northumberland. The stunning surrounds of Kielder Water and Forest Park are a more remote spot for this type of fishing.

East of Kielder is Wild Redesdale, a rugged and yet peaceful part of the county that gives a true feeling of space and fresh air. Here you can visit the Otterburn Mill, see old battle grounds, and relax and enjoy very impressive scenery.

Close by is Bellingham. A lovely village, it is home to the Bellingham Heritage Centre which has permanent displays about this ancient and fabled part of Northumberland.

Nearby is Hareshaw Linn, once the site of two iron blast furnaces established in 1833. At the peak of its operation it also contained 70 coke ovens, 24 large roasting kilns, a blacksmith shop, stables and stores. The operation closed in 1848 and now this valley which was once a hive of heavy industry is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) with rare ferns and lichen and more than 300 different types of mosses.

The Linn is also home to red squirrels, badgers and the daubenton’s bat to name just some of the wildlife.

Hareshaw Linn ©