Kielder Water Circular Day Hiking Bull Crag Peninsula Northumberland England UK
Kielder Water Circular Day Hiking Bull Crag Peninsula was about 3 miles in distance and was part of a Northumberland hiking holiday.
This was a short walk around a charming peninsula which jutted out into Kielder Water Reservoir from its south western side.
Kielder Water – Day Hiking Bull Crag Peninsula Video
This video slideshow shows the highlights of this Kielder Water – Day Hiking Bull Crag Peninsula, Northumberland trip.
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Kielder Water – Day Hiking Bull Crag Peninsula Route
Kielder Water Circular Day Hiking Bull Crag Peninsula was a great, straightforward hike around a reservoir and is especially good if your family has small kids. Along the path there are small brass panels that are perfect for kids to take brass rubbings, so do not forget your crayons and paper. The route was in a circular clockwise direction along some good forest tracks, straightforward paths and even part of a tarmac road.
We started in the car park on the southern side of the Peninsula. After walking back out of the car park we turned left slightly uphill, northwards along the track we drove in on. As we exited the car park there was a post saying “Lakeside Way”, we did not take this path as we would be returning this way.
On reaching the fabulous Otterstone Viewpoint on the northern edge of the peninsula we went eastward, following the path with the water on our left to “The Headland”. The path then led southwards via an inlet and finally westward through forest back to the start. Please note that Kielder is a working forest, so take note of any signage, directions or instructions provided by the forestry workers.
Kielder Water – Day Hiking Bull Crag Peninsula, Northumberland Local Info
Kielder Water and Forest
The previous century brought two fantastic modifications to the landscape. The first was the planting of the huge Kielder Forest, most likely the most extensive in England. More recent was the building of an enormous dam to produce Kielder Water, the largest reservoir in Britain by capacity. The valley was flooded in 1982 when the Kielder dam blocked off the valley. The dam is more than 0.75 miles long and 170 feet high.
Kielder is one of the most well-liked areas for outdoor activities in the country. It provides many opportunities for hiking, walking, boating and cycling. Also, there is a great range of wildlife supported by the forest habitation.
For example, it is one of the prime locations in England for red squirrels, having one of the biggest populations. More recently there have been ospreys breeding there, something not observed in Northumberland for more than 200 years. Other animals to be found include bats and roe deer but you would be lucky to actually spot them. Also keep a look out for birds such as goshawks, hen harriers, and barn owls.
Bull Crag Peninsula
Bull Crag Peninsula is a Headland that forms a big inlet by Whickhope on the southern side of Kielder Water and functions as a marina for quite a lot of sailing boats. It is located in between the Leaplish Waterside Park Visitor Centre to the west and the Tower Knowe Visitor Centre to the east.
When Done & With Whom
I did this hike with my partner Anne whilst on a Northumberland hiking holiday during April 2011. We drove to Bull Crag Peninsula on Kielder Water on arrival in the area before going on to our cottage accommodation in Bellingham.