Forestry Commission Update today
copied here for your information
Bike trail info in bold
other info may be of use.
Please note, Kielder Forest Drive is currently OPEN.
However, it was snowing lightly at time of writing, so please advise all potential users to be prepared, drive with care, and to remember there is no mobile phone signal.
The Drive is scheduled to close for the winter on 22 December 2014, reopening 1 May 2015.
Also, the Rattle Snake section of the Deadwater Black mtb trail (last section before the Forest Drive) has now been cleared and is available for use as normal.
The Duchess Trail at Kielder Castle is currently closed for forestry operations. It is due to re-open on 1 January 2015.
Bloodybush MTB trail is currently closed due to storm damage. At present there is no timescale for re-opening.
The Hillhouse/Waterhead section on the Tarset Bastle trail is closed due to weather damage, walkers should use the section on the east side of the Tarset Burn via Black Middens in both directions
Blakehopeburnhaugh toilet block is closed for the winter. It will reopen on 31 March 2015.
The toilets at Kielder Castle are OPEN all the time.
Kielder Castle Café and Exhibition are open 11am - 4pm daily till mid-March (except Xmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.
Last admission to exhibition ½ an hour before closing.
Admission to the Exhibition is free. Access is through the Café. For more information regarding the Cafe phone 01434 250100 or visit www.dukespantry.co.uk
The Cycle Centre at Kielder Castle is open from 9.30 till dusk from Fri till Tue and closed Wed and Thu (unless there are pre paid bookings).
For information regarding the Cycle Centre please phone Kielder Cycle Centre - 01434 250457 or visit www.thebikeplace.co.uk
In general all users should be aware that during severe weather conditions in the forest may change rapidly and during and immediately after extreme weather trails may not be passable. Users should always check weather forecasts before setting out and be prepared to alter their plans in response to changing weather conditions. In general during high winds forested areas may be unsafe, during wintry weather snow and ice can be more intensive on higher ground.
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