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Leaplish Circular Walk, Kielder.
This walk starts and finishes in the lakeside car park at Leaplish Waterside Park or from the Caravan Park if you are staying there.
The walk is mostly sheltered on tarmac roads and good footpaths so can be done in almost any weather.
Total Distance is under two miles.
Toilets - next to the pub / shops, but not always open.
Leave the car park and walk back along the road along which you will have travelled to reach the car park.
Follow the road as it rises through the forest and levels out near the entrance to the Caravan Park.
Once past the Caravan Park the road starts to go downhill, past the entrance / exit to the main road on your right.
Trees have been felled recently and Kielder Reservoir will soon come into view straight ahead.
As the road curves left and downhill to the lakeside there are great views all the way along this stretch of road which weren't visible before the tree felling.
At the bottom of the hill the road continues to the car park but a path to the right goes down to the lakeside.
Follow this path through trees between the road and the lake until it emerges at a car park.
Take a path on the right which once again leads to the lakeside and follow this path. After a while Leaplish will come into view, along with the Kielder Ferry if it is moored at it's jetty.
Turn left back to the forest past an old line of Beech trees that once formed a land boundary. An information board tells you the history of them.
Straight ahead lies a footbridge and fenced footpath. Follow this through the forest. To your right are views to the ferry jetty again.
The path soon emerges back at the car park with the children's play area on your left.