We last visited Kielder in Autumn when it was quite a bleak day. Although the weather wasn’t brilliant, we knew we only had a timeframe of a few weeks to see the forest as a mass of different colours!
The drive to Kielder is always interesting, the steep country roads are full of blind summits; you literally can’t see the road ahead until the car is over the hill. It doesn’t matter how many times we’ve drove along those roads, my stomach still drops on the decent and my immediate reaction is to grab on to the door handle, as if it will help!
The viaduct was built in 1862 by the North British Railway, its seven semi-circular masonry skew arches were once used by trains to cross marshy land; however, it’s now used as a public footpath. When writing this post it dawned on me that I didn’t actually take a photograph of the viaduct as we walked across it rather than viewing it from below!
We continued along the path following our map to the Silvas Capitalis, a giant timber head sculpture; however, this was a lot further than we thought. With not arriving at Kielder until afternoon it meant that it would’ve been quite dark by the time we reached the scultpure so we decided to go back another time during the day. Instead we walked along to the little bridge before turning back.
The views of Kielder reservoir were beautiful and I think I may have finally witnessed golden hour! The waters were glistening and everything just seemed so peaceful…
From enjoying a leisurely lakeside carvery to biking through the forest, there’s so much to do at Kielder. I’ve always wanted to spend a weekend in one of the Scandinavian style lodges so that we could visit the observatory at night and watch the stars above Northumberland’s International Dark Sky Park! Have you visited Kielder or been stargazing before?