Kielder day walk - one of two - with a chance of stars!
13 people attending
7 places left
This is the first of two day walks in the Kielder area. Click here for walk two.
Passing the railway viaduct of the former border counties railway line, the route winds into the forest where it meets Kielder Skyspace where you can look at a framed view of the sky.
After enjoying the views around the Kielder Skyspace, it's into the deep forest. There's a surprising mix of woodland and a good chance to see wildlife in this forest. The route eventually descends to Bloody Bush Road — an old toll road established in the 1820s to carry coal from Lewisburn Colliery.
The hike continues along Akenshaw Burn to meet with Kielder reservoir and Bakethin Reservoir where we'll likely take a look at the bird hides. We'll then head back up to the village for post walk refreshments for those that want them at the Angler's Arms.
Later on some of us will probably be hanging around until after dark to go to the Magnificent Milky Way Event at the Observatory I have 4 spare places for this at a cost of £26 each (you'll need to let me know early if you want to reserve one of those). Alternatively, you can book on the Observatory website if they have spaces left.
What to bring
Water: bring at least two litres
Medicines: if you have hay fever, diabetes, minor ailments etc.
Day rucksack: typically 20-30 litres, they are comfortable to wear and allow you to use your arms freely
Boots: waterproof and breathable and designed for hiking.
Gaiters: recommended for wet weather or boggy conditions
Socks: proper walking socks will keep your feet dry and help prevent blisters
Layered clothing: lets you quickly adapt to changes in the weather and body temperature. Go for a base layer (vest or t-shirt) and a mid layer (a micro fleece or shirt) and in cooler weather add an outer layer (a windproof jacket or thick fleece)
Trousers: Proper walking trousers. Breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry and on warm days shorts are OK
Waterproof jacket: essential when hiking in all but the calmest of weather, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry
Gloves: Windproof, or better still, waterproof gloves are the best choice, bring a spare pair if expecting rain
Hat or cap: stay warm in winter and shaded in summer
Sunglasses: for any sunny day, even in winter
Sun cream: can be useful even on cloudy and winter days
Snacks: bring biscuits, energy bars, gels, bananas, chocolate or dried fruit for example and put them somewhere easy to get hold of
Lunch: bring a packed lunch
Food & drink
Please bring a packed lunch.
There is a small shop in the village, but it might not be open.