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Photographer: Brian Horisk/AdventureArt, Fife, Scotland

Route Filmstrip & Description

This circular trail follows the nature trail from the Calvert Trust Centre towards Kielder Water before looping back along on of the roads that was cut off when the reservoir flooded the valley. You can join the lakeside trail to climb to the car park on Bull Cragg. The trail has no significant gradients and provides and out and back or circular option. The climb to Bull Cragg is a 300m section with gradients averaging 10% (1:10) and up to 13% (1:8)Car parking is available at Ordnance Survey Gird Reference NY662858

Surveyed by: . Fieldfare, September 2008 (Autumn)
Accessibility Rating: 4More Information
Distance: 2.6 km

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

Full Profile

The walk starts at Low Cranecleugh from the car park next to the Calvert Trust Centre

Start The walk starts at Low Cranecleugh from the car park next to the Calvert Trust Centre

The first part of the path has a tarmac surface. It is approximately 1 metre wide which may not allow two people to walk side by side comfortably.Keep left to the bridge, or take the forest track on the right to cross a ford.

Surface The first part of the path has a tarmac surface. It is approximately 1 metre wide which may not allow two people to walk side by side comfortably.Keep left to the bridge, or take the forest track on the right to cross a ford.

There may be a few places where vegetation overhangs the path.

Clearance There may be a few places where vegetation overhangs the path.

The surface is a little uneven in places but is firm and stable. There is a short 100mm rise onto the bridge.

Step The surface is a little uneven in places but is firm and stable. There is a short 100mm rise onto the bridge.

The edges of the path are well defined.

Visibility The edges of the path are well defined.

As the path joins the forest road it follows the tarmac strip down the middle of the forest track.

Surface As the path joins the forest road it follows the tarmac strip down the middle of the forest track.

The path edging is slightly raised above the adjoining ground in places .

Surface The path edging is slightly raised above the adjoining ground in places .

The path follows the river bank towards Kielder Water.

Path The path follows the river bank towards Kielder Water.

The path goes under the main road bridge.

Path The path goes under the main road bridge.

Just after the bridge bear left. The surface of the path changes to become crushed stone with some uneven and loose patches.

Surface Just after the bridge bear left. The surface of the path changes to become crushed stone with some uneven and loose patches.

Grass has grown into the path giving a less even surface.

Surface Grass has grown into the path giving a less even surface.

Overhanging branches are an occasional feature.

Clearance Overhanging branches are an occasional feature.

The surfaces stays the same for this section.

Surface The surfaces stays the same for this section.

At the cross roads there are four choces:To the left  there is a zigzag path which climbs to the  Bull Crag route.Straight ahead is a level path to the shore of Kielder Water.To the right the path crosses Cranecleugh Burn and via a tarmac road to the left you can get down to  the reservoir shore. Turning right onto that tarmac road will lead you back to the start of the walk. Alternatively you can retrace your steps to the start of the walk.

Direction At the cross roads there are four choces:To the left there is a zigzag path which climbs to the Bull Crag route.Straight ahead is a level path to the shore of Kielder Water.To the right the path crosses Cranecleugh Burn and via a tarmac road to the left you can get down to the reservoir shore. Turning right onto that tarmac road will lead you back to the start of the walk. Alternatively you can retrace your steps to the start of the walk.

Straight ahead the path is less well worn and partly covered by grass.

Surface Straight ahead the path is less well worn and partly covered by grass.

Where exposed there are short stretches of loose stone.

Surface Where exposed there are short stretches of loose stone.

The path passes close to a wildlife pond before reaching the openness of Kielder Water

View The path passes close to a wildlife pond before reaching the openness of Kielder Water

There are good views of the reservoir from the end of the spur.

View There are good views of the reservoir from the end of the spur.

There are good views of the reservoir from the end of the spur.

View There are good views of the reservoir from the end of the spur.

The bridge is 50m from the cross roads.

Path The bridge is 50m from the cross roads.

The surface of the bridge may be slippery if wet.

Surface The surface of the bridge may be slippery if wet.

Down the river from the bridge

View Down the river from the bridge

Up the river from the bridge

View Up the river from the bridge

There is a 60-100mm lip on leaving the bridge decking.

Step There is a 60-100mm lip on leaving the bridge decking.

The path joins one of the old roads that ran across the valley before the reservoir was built. Turn left to head towards the reservoir shore.

Direction The path joins one of the old roads that ran across the valley before the reservoir was built. Turn left to head towards the reservoir shore.

The road provides a good tarmac surface to the edge of Kielder Water

Surface The road provides a good tarmac surface to the edge of Kielder Water

Views to the open water are available at the end of the road.

View Views to the open water are available at the end of the road.

The return path to the start of the path is to the right. The surface has become uneven and has loose stones in places.

Direction The return path to the start of the path is to the right. The surface has become uneven and has loose stones in places.

The level section has a good tarmac surface.

Surface The level section has a good tarmac surface.

As the road begins to climb it becomes more uneven.

Surface As the road begins to climb it becomes more uneven.

Leading up to the main road there is a gradient of about 10% (1:10) for about 60m with some loose stones

Gradient Leading up to the main road there is a gradient of about 10% (1:10) for about 60m with some loose stones

In places there may be localised gradients as steep as 12% (1:8).

Gradient In places there may be localised gradients as steep as 12% (1:8).

Take care as the return route means crossing a fast road.

Information Take care as the return route means crossing a fast road.

It is only about 50m to the entrance to the Calvert Trust Kielder site and the return to the start of the walk. Visibility along the road is usually quite good. Take care.

Direction It is only about 50m to the entrance to the Calvert Trust Kielder site and the return to the start of the walk. Visibility along the road is usually quite good. Take care.

Follow the Calvert Trust entrance road.

Direction Follow the Calvert Trust entrance road.

There is a good tarmac surface  on the road back to the start point.

Surface There is a good tarmac surface on the road back to the start point.

There is a duck pond to the side of the road.

View There is a duck pond to the side of the road.

Follow the tarmac road.

Path Follow the tarmac road.

The speed bumps can be by-passed

Surface The speed bumps can be by-passed

Cross the bridge to complete the circuit to the start of the walk.

End Cross the bridge to complete the circuit to the start of the walk.

The left turn leads to the bottom of a zigzag path that climbs approximately 30m in eight over a distance of about 300m. The average gradient is about 10% (1:10) but the steepest section was sampled at 15% (1:6) for about 20mThis path is wide enough for two people to walk side by side.

Gradient The left turn leads to the bottom of a zigzag path that climbs approximately 30m in eight over a distance of about 300m. The average gradient is about 10% (1:10) but the steepest section was sampled at 15% (1:6) for about 20mThis path is wide enough for two people to walk side by side.

The surface is generally firm and well compacted on the ramps.Gradients average about 8% (1:12) for 300m but a few spots are steeper up to 11% (1:9). The last 20m or so is  at 15% (1:7)

Gradient The surface is generally firm and well compacted on the ramps.Gradients average about 8% (1:12) for 300m but a few spots are steeper up to 11% (1:9). The last 20m or so is at 15% (1:7)

There are five hairpin bends on the ramp but each has a flat area to allow easier turning for wheelchair users.

Gradient There are five hairpin bends on the ramp but each has a flat area to allow easier turning for wheelchair users.

Short sections of the 300m ramp are at 13% (1:8)

Gradient Short sections of the 300m ramp are at 13% (1:8)

The climb provides good views across Kielder Water and the forest.

View The climb provides good views across Kielder Water and the forest.

The steepest parts of the hairpin bends can be avoided by using the flat areas at the point of the bends.

Gradient The steepest parts of the hairpin bends can be avoided by using the flat areas at the point of the bends.

The steepest section has a gradient of 15% (1:7) for approximately 20m. This is just before the ramps leads to the ridge path leading along Bull Crag.

Gradient The steepest section has a gradient of 15% (1:7) for approximately 20m. This is just before the ramps leads to the ridge path leading along Bull Crag.

The path is part of the Lakeside Way. Turn right towards Bull Crag Car Park

Information The path is part of the Lakeside Way. Turn right towards Bull Crag Car Park

There is a 60 rise to the high point of this part of the path. The gradient is about 7% (1:14)

Gradient There is a 60 rise to the high point of this part of the path. The gradient is about 7% (1:14)

Over the top of the rise there is a long descent of about 400m with gradients averaging about 5%(1:20) and none worse than about 8% (1:13) for a short distance.

Gradient Over the top of the rise there is a long descent of about 400m with gradients averaging about 5%(1:20) and none worse than about 8% (1:13) for a short distance.

The path surface is firm and stable throughout.

Surface The path surface is firm and stable throughout.

Fine views of the forest are available.

View Fine views of the forest are available.

There are occasional cross slopes on the path in excess of 4% (1:25)

Gradient There are occasional cross slopes on the path in excess of 4% (1:25)

Vegetation occasionally encroaches at the side of the path but there should be no over hanging branches

Clearance Vegetation occasionally encroaches at the side of the path but there should be no over hanging branches

The path give views all along over the reservoir

View The path give views all along over the reservoir

The path give views all along over the reservoir

View The path give views all along over the reservoir

The path is shared with cyclists and horse riders

Information The path is shared with cyclists and horse riders

This section descends for about 70m at around 10% (1:10)

Gradient This section descends for about 70m at around 10% (1:10)

This part of the path runs close to the edge of the reservoir.

View This part of the path runs close to the edge of the reservoir.

The climb towards Bull Crag Car Park is a steady gradient of around 5% (1:20)

Gradient The climb towards Bull Crag Car Park is a steady gradient of around 5% (1:20)

The rise towards Bull Crag Car Park is a steady gradient of around 5% (1:20)

Gradient The rise towards Bull Crag Car Park is a steady gradient of around 5% (1:20)

The path levels off for 100m or so before the final rise to the car park

Path The path levels off for 100m or so before the final rise to the car park

The boats in Whickhope anchorage can been from the path

View The boats in Whickhope anchorage can been from the path

The rise to the car park is at a gradient of about 8% (1:12) for 60m.

Gradient The rise to the car park is at a gradient of about 8% (1:12) for 60m.

The wooden fence marks where the path reaches the car park.

Direction The wooden fence marks where the path reaches the car park.

There is ample car parking  at this point.

CarPark There is ample car parking at this point.

The forest track that doubles back from the path leads to a second car park.

CarPark The forest track that doubles back from the path leads to a second car park.

The second car park has picnic tables, an information board and views over the open water.

CarPark The second car park has picnic tables, an information board and views over the open water.

Bull Crag Information BoardThis does not show all the new paths in the area.

Information Bull Crag Information BoardThis does not show all the new paths in the area.

Bull Crag Information Board

Information Bull Crag Information Board

Bull Crag Information Board

Information Bull Crag Information Board

Bull Crag Information Board

Information Bull Crag Information Board

View from the Bull Crag Car Park

View View from the Bull Crag Car Park

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