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Forest road

Highest point in Kielder Forest

Our four wheels

Across the moors

Another view

The river feeding the lake

The Daisy forest!

Keilder Water

Across the water

Today we drove the Kielder Forest road to Kielder Water. Kielder Water is the largest man-made lake in northern Europe and the forest is the biggest working forest in England. It was conceived in the late 60s and constructed between 1975 and 1981 to to satisfy an expected rise in demand for water to support a booming UK industrial economy mainly steel. With the decline in heavy industry it was considered for a while a white elephant but today means the north doesn’t have a water shortage unlike the south.

Driving the gravel forest road we thought we were back in the wilds of Canada but the road didn’t have enough potholes! There were very obvious signs that this was a managed forest with stands of very dense spruce trees and then cleared areas. The first planting of the forest was in the 1920s.

Arriving at the Kielder village we walked both the Duke and Duchess trails through the forest named after the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland who used to own the Kielder Castle now the visitor information centre. On the walk Daisy decided she was going walkabout in the forest, as there were some lovely smells. She came back wagging her tail as if nothing was amiss!

We then found Kielder Water and enjoyed a good walk along the shoreline trail. Again this felt very much like a lake in Canada.

After returning to the car we realised it was late so we headed back along the forest road to the coach.

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