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Skyscape - Kielder Forest

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Skyscape - Kielder Forest
Author: Mattreed, Published: 07 Sep 2012 Walk rating : Rating:star0 Skyscape - Kielder Forest walking Guidestar0 Skyscape - Kielder Forest walking Guidestar0 Skyscape - Kielder Forest walking Guidestar0 Skyscape - Kielder Forest walking Guidestar0 Skyscape - Kielder Forest walking Guide
Northumberland, Kielder Forest
Walk Type: Woodland
Skyscape - Kielder Forest
Length: 3 miles,  Difficulty: boot Skyscape - Kielder Forest walking Guide boot Skyscape - Kielder Forest walking Guide
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Kielder Forest is a large forest in Northumberland, surrounding the reservoir Kielder Water. This walk is a 3 mile circular walk (there and back along the same path) which takes you up to the Skyscape, part of the Kielder Forest art and architecture programme. It was designed by internationally acclaimed American artist, James Turrell and is a sculptural artwork at the Cat Cairn viewpoint where Turrell manipulates our normal perceptions of light and space.

Coming from Jedburgh/the south east of Scotland, take the A68 heading south then the B6320 from Otterburn to Bellingham. Follow the brown signs to Kielder Water & Forest Park. Comning from the south west of Scotland, follow the A7. Leave the road at Canonbie to join the B6357 to Newcastleton and Kielder Water & Forest Park is signposted from there. Coming from Newcastle or Carlisle, follow the A69 to Hexham then follow the B6320 to Bellingham (brown-signed Kielder Water & Forest) and then the C200 to Kielder Water & Forest Park.

The Skyscape walk can be accessed by taking the brown signs to the Observatory/Skyscape. There is a car park shortly on your right where the walk begins.

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Walk Sections

Start to Skyscape
Start to Skyscape

Start point: 55.229 lat, -2.5884 long
End point: 55.2273 lat, -2.6101 long

Follow the white posts with red writing from the car park along the track. Once at the Cat Cairn, the site of Skyspace artwork, you will find yourself in a circular room where the artist manipulates our normal perceptions of light and space. In daylight hours, this chamber, illuminated only by natural light through the roof opening, is a contemplative space that focuses the visitor's attention on the sky. During the changing light conditions at dusk and dawn, the lighting system becomes active and visitors can expect to experience a rich and unforgetable display of tone and colour.

Skyscape to End
Skyscape to End

Start point: 55.2273 lat, -2.6101 long
End point: 55.2288 lat, -2.5882 long

Retrace your footsteps back down the track to the car park.

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The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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