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Bakethin North Shore Walk - Kielder Forest

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Bakethin North Shore Walk - Kielder Forest
Author: Mattreed, Published: 07 Sep 2012 Walk rating : Rating:star1 Bakethin North Shore Walk - Kielder Forest Walking Guidestar1 Bakethin North Shore Walk - Kielder Forest Walking Guidestar0 Bakethin North Shore Walk - Kielder Forest Walking Guidestar0 Bakethin North Shore Walk - Kielder Forest Walking Guidestar0 Bakethin North Shore Walk - Kielder Forest Walking Guide
Northumberland, Kielder Forest
Walk Type: Woodland
Bakethin North Shore Walk - Kielder Forest
Length: 3 miles,  Difficulty: boot Bakethin North Shore Walk - Kielder Forest Walking Guide boot Bakethin North Shore Walk - Kielder Forest Walking Guide
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Kielder Forest is a large forest in Northumberland, surrounding the reservoir Kielder Water. It is the largest man-made woodland in England. The majority of the forest lies within The Border Forest Park with the southern tip, known as Wark Forest, lying within Northumberland National Park. The Bakethin North Shore walk is a 2 and a half mile circular route which takes in the Bakethin Reservoir and also includes Dead Man's Cairn, the route of the old Border Counties Railway and the Kielder Viaduct.

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 Bakethin North Shore walk starts from Bakethin Reservoir Car Park. It is signposted off the C200 before reaching Kielder village.

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Walk Sections

Start to forest
Start to forest

Start point: 55.2272 lat, -2.5813 long
End point: 55.2267 lat, -2.5778 long

The trail starts from the Bakethin Reservoir car park. Leave the car park and head back to Butteryhaugh Bridge. Turn right across the bridge and after the bridge bear right up a narrow lane 'Lakeside Way'. After a few hundred metres take the track on your left into the Scots Pine/Norway Spruce plantation.

Forest to right turn
Forest to right turn

Start point: 55.2267 lat, -2.5778 long
End point: 55.2274 lat, -2.5736 long

Follow the red/orange arrows which keep you on the trail, through the forest and once you step out of the forest, take a right turn. Continue along this old logging track with the forest on your left and a fell site on your right.

Right turn to Dead Man's Cairn
Right turn to Dead Man's Cairn

Start point: 55.2274 lat, -2.5736 long
End point: 55.2228 lat, -2.5714 long

Further along this path you will see on your left the 'Dead Man's Cairn’, a prehistoric burial monument which sits on a carpet of different mosses. Round cairns like this were common in the Bronze Age around 3500–4000 years ago, and would cover a stone burial chamber containing burial urns as well as the body of a local chief.

Dead Man's Cairn to Railway track
Dead Man's Cairn to Railway track

Start point: 55.2228 lat, -2.5714 long
End point: 55.2204 lat, -2.5736 long

At the end of the forest track, follow markers to the old railway line. The walk follows the grassy trackbed of the former Border Counties Railway which opened in 1862, finally closing in 1956.

Railway trackbed to Viaduct
Railway trackbed to Viaduct

Start point: 55.2204 lat, -2.5736 long
End point: 55.2244 lat, -2.5797 long

There are excellent views of the south shore of Bakethin Reservoir from here. Towards the end of the trackbed head across the Kielder Viaduct.

Viaduct to End
Viaduct to End

Start point: 55.2244 lat, -2.5797 long
End point: 55.2273 lat, -2.5813 long

At the end of the viaduct take a right turn to descend via the path towards the car park and start of the walk.

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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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