Landscape Photo
Photographer: Brian Horisk/AdventureArt, Fife, Scotland

Route Filmstrip & Description

These photographs and guide notes follow the circuit in an anticlockwise direction.The sign indicates that there is an audio cassette that can be borrowed from the visitor centre to assist visually impaired people.The route has a spur to a wildlife pond and arboretum. The whole route including the loop and the spur is about a mile (1.6Km) long.There is on seat and two picnic tables along the loop and five seats on the spur that climbs to the arboretumThe circular path has a tarmac surface throughout, the spur to the arboretum has a crushed stone surface that is on the whole well compacted

Surveyed by: . Fieldfare, September 2008 (Autumn)
Accessibility Rating: 3More Information
Distance: 0.7 km

Public Transport: No
Car Park: No
Steps: No
Barriers: No
Toilets: No

Full Profile

The walk starts in front of Kielder Castle Visitor Centre

Visitor Centre The walk starts in front of Kielder Castle Visitor Centre

Accessible toilets are located across the road from the visitor centre.

Accessible toilets Accessible toilets are located across the road from the visitor centre.

The Duke's Trail starts by the sign showing a map of the route.The toilet block can be seen in the distance.

Start The Duke's Trail starts by the sign showing a map of the route.The toilet block can be seen in the distance.

These photographs and guide notes follow the circuit in an anticlockwise direction.The sign indicates that there is an audio cassette that can be borrowed from the visitor centre to assist visually impaired people.The route has a spur to a wildlife pond and arboretum. The whole route including the loop and the spur is about a mile (1.6Km) long.The circular path has a tarmac surface throughout, the spur to the arboretum has a crushed stone surface that is on the whole well compacted

Information These photographs and guide notes follow the circuit in an anticlockwise direction.The sign indicates that there is an audio cassette that can be borrowed from the visitor centre to assist visually impaired people.The route has a spur to a wildlife pond and arboretum. The whole route including the loop and the spur is about a mile (1.6Km) long.The circular path has a tarmac surface throughout, the spur to the arboretum has a crushed stone surface that is on the whole well compacted

The slope towards the road has a gradient measured at 11.2% (1:9) for 5m or so.

Gradient The slope towards the road has a gradient measured at 11.2% (1:9) for 5m or so.

Path

The footway past the toll point is wide enough for two people to walk side by side but some short sections of the path are not as wide.

Width The footway past the toll point is wide enough for two people to walk side by side but some short sections of the path are not as wide.

The path descends by a zigzag series of ramps which have an average gradient of about 8% (1:12) but with short sections are steeper at about 11% (1:9)

Gradient The path descends by a zigzag series of ramps which have an average gradient of about 8% (1:12) but with short sections are steeper at about 11% (1:9)

A seat is provided at the first hairpin bend There are two picnic tables that can be reached from the loop and five seats on the spur to the arboretum

Seat A seat is provided at the first hairpin bend There are two picnic tables that can be reached from the loop and five seats on the spur to the arboretum

A screen helps prevent disturbance to birds on the seed feeders. The different heights of the viewing slots should allow most people to see comfortably.

Bird Hide A screen helps prevent disturbance to birds on the seed feeders. The different heights of the viewing slots should allow most people to see comfortably.

Turn right at the bottom of the ramps.The bends can be quite tight but space is provided for wheelchair users and  others to manoeuvre on the level.

Direction Turn right at the bottom of the ramps.The bends can be quite tight but space is provided for wheelchair users and others to manoeuvre on the level.

The slope to the well was sampled at 9.2% ( 1:11).

Gradient The slope to the well was sampled at 9.2% ( 1:11).

The Well sign.

Information The Well sign.

Musical instruments are provided next to the path.

Path Musical instruments are provided next to the path.

There is another zigzag to keep the slope as gentle as possible.

Gradient There is another zigzag to keep the slope as gentle as possible.

The path is fairly narrow at less than 600mm and will not allow two people to walk side by side without one of them walking on the grass.

Width The path is fairly narrow at less than 600mm and will not allow two people to walk side by side without one of them walking on the grass.

There is an accessible picnic table by the play area.

Seat There is an accessible picnic table by the play area.

Path

Musical instruments are provided next to the path.

Path Musical instruments are provided next to the path.

The path runs down to the river bank.

Direction The path runs down to the river bank.

There may be occasional wet or muddy patches on the path.

Surface There may be occasional wet or muddy patches on the path.

The surface is generally very level but there may be a few irregularities.

Surface The surface is generally very level but there may be a few irregularities.

Tree roots have in a few places lifted the tarmac by 30-50mm

Surface Tree roots have in a few places lifted the tarmac by 30-50mm

First International Football Match sign

Information First International Football Match sign

Fork left, follow the way marks and tarmacked path.

Direction Fork left, follow the way marks and tarmacked path.

Occasional tree branches overhang the path.

Clearance Occasional tree branches overhang the path.

Be aware of small drains across the path which may be a tread obstacle.

Obstacle Be aware of small drains across the path which may be a tread obstacle.

Another hairpin bend helps the path rise gently back towards the play area.

Gradient Another hairpin bend helps the path rise gently back towards the play area.

The path is narrow but level across the play area field.

Width The path is narrow but level across the play area field.

There is a second accessible picnic table by the play area.

Seat There is a second accessible picnic table by the play area.

The spur to the arboretum is clearly signed.Its path is of crushed stone, and of the same width as the tarmacked path.

Direction The spur to the arboretum is clearly signed.Its path is of crushed stone, and of the same width as the tarmacked path.

The path rises at an average gradient of about 8% (1:12) but has short sections as steep as 12% (1:8).A handrail is available on one side of the path for most of the way.Vegetation may encroach into the path in some places.

Gradient The path rises at an average gradient of about 8% (1:12) but has short sections as steep as 12% (1:8).A handrail is available on one side of the path for most of the way.Vegetation may encroach into the path in some places.

Some sections of the path may be muddy and slippery when wet.

Surface Some sections of the path may be muddy and slippery when wet.

About 100m along the spur there is a wildlife pond next to the path .

Path About 100m along the spur there is a wildlife pond next to the path .

The Pond sign

Information The Pond sign

There is some turning space at the end of the path by the pond.

Width There is some turning space at the end of the path by the pond.

A seat is available overlooking the pond.

Seat A seat is available overlooking the pond.

Another seat provides a place to rest as the path begins to rise.

Seat Another seat provides a place to rest as the path begins to rise.

There is a viewpoint provided where a good view of the castle is available.

View There is a viewpoint provided where a good view of the castle is available.

The Castle sign gives more information about  local history.

Information The Castle sign gives more information about local history.

The path continues with a firm stable surface.

Surface The path continues with a firm stable surface.

Some sections of the path are nearly level.

Gradient Some sections of the path are nearly level.

A passing place is provided on a long section but may be a little overgrow.

Width A passing place is provided on a long section but may be a little overgrow.

This is the third of five seats on the rise to the arboretum.

Seat This is the third of five seats on the rise to the arboretum.

Some sections are as steep as 12.8% (1:8.5)

Gradient Some sections are as steep as 12.8% (1:8.5)

The top sections of the spur appear to be a little steeper than the lower sections.

Gradient The top sections of the spur appear to be a little steeper than the lower sections.

The path is narrowed by the encroaching grass.

Width The path is narrowed by the encroaching grass.

The hairpin corners can be quite steep and the spaces provided for manoeuvring round them may have become overgrown.

Gradient The hairpin corners can be quite steep and the spaces provided for manoeuvring round them may have become overgrown.

The fourth seat along the spur is nearly at the top of the climb.

Seat The fourth seat along the spur is nearly at the top of the climb.

Vegetation encroachment will vary at different times of the year.

Clearance Vegetation encroachment will vary at different times of the year.

The arboretum sign can be seen at the top of the spur.

Path The arboretum sign can be seen at the top of the spur.

The path into the arboretum is quite narrow at less than 450mm in places.

Width The path into the arboretum is quite narrow at less than 450mm in places.

There is a seat at the top by the arboretum sign.

Seat There is a seat at the top by the arboretum sign.

The Arboretum sign

Information The Arboretum sign

A sculpted owl adorns the arboretum.

Path A sculpted owl adorns the arboretum.

A rough path leads back to the visitor centre along a route that is about 1.5 miles long.The easier alternative is to return down the spur and at the bottom turn right along the tarmac path.

Direction A rough path leads back to the visitor centre along a route that is about 1.5 miles long.The easier alternative is to return down the spur and at the bottom turn right along the tarmac path.

From the spur the tarmac path crosses the play area field. Turn right at the bottom of the spur to return to Kielder Castle.

Direction From the spur the tarmac path crosses the play area field. Turn right at the bottom of the spur to return to Kielder Castle.

Occasional wet spots occur on the path.

Surface Occasional wet spots occur on the path.

Fork right for the ramp returning to the visitor centre.

Direction Fork right for the ramp returning to the visitor centre.

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