Category: Visit

vk-blog-oyster-goshawkHello again, since I last wrote the wind has grown warmer, the sun shines longer and the bird song is a crescendo in the mornings. Spring is on it’s way! With our early Easter break now complete I have quite a list of happenings at Kielder. The Ospreys have landed! Nest’s one and two are habited and there is a concise, day by day account by our Osprey Watch Volunteer Joanna Dailey at

Kielder Castle Café has a large screen for you to watch live HD footage of the nests and the shenanigans that our amorous visitors get up to, if you do get embarrassed you can always walk to the counter and order another large slice of carrot cake.

During the Easter Break plenty of visitors took part in the activities available at Calvert Trust .(Kielder) Tara Martin (Team Leader Business Developer)  explained to me just how popular the activities had been, with their ‘Laser Clays’, Indoor Climbing Wall and ‘King Swing’ being the busiest events.

Have you ever tried any of these? I’ve taken my family to most of them and it’s great!  I can tell you now, when it comes to “the King Swing…… Kielder, everyone hears you scream!” (more…)

So where is Kielder? Kielder: the remotest village in England, three miles from Scotland on the southern tip of the largest reservoir in England (by capacity) and enclosed by one of the largest man made forests in England., Space and openness are abound and, nestled alongside this we have a growing collection of architecture .

Within the wild moorland and along forest walks, rides and riverbanks structures are discovered, some to shelter in, others to marvel and view. Historically this is a hardy place with hardy folk, who, before the introduction of any Forestry Commission or Kielder Dam, plied a hard earned living from the moorland.

And so where do I fit in? The author? My name is Steve Webb, I moved here a few years ago with my family and we run the village shop. All around is big! Big space, big forest, big reservoir but the number of people here isn’t big. The area is widely regarded to be the most tranquil place in England.  It is an extraordinary place to live and I hope to be able to pass this aspect on to you over the next few months. (more…)