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Kielder Winter Wonderland shut due to flooding

Publicity photo for Kielder Winter Wonderland. Credit: Kielder Winter Wonderland

Kielder Winter Wonderland has been shut due to flooding of the surrounding area. The road between Bellingham and Kielder was judged impassable leaving access to the site limited.

Today would have been the last day the site was open. Organisers say they have emailed and texted those due to attend and are contacting customers about refunds.

At around 6am we became aware that the rainfall was very heavy. Between 6 and 7am the water river rose by around a metre.

Its our last day so we are hugely disappointed but health and safety is our priority."

– David Hall, Northumbrian Water Limited


Runners to race under darkest night skies in England

Runners are being given an opportunity to race under the darkest night skies in England. The inaugural ‘Dark Skies Run’ at Kielder Water and Forest Park, Northumberland, will take place on Saturday April 18, 2015.

The event will take place Saturday April 18, 2015

One of the largest Dark Sky Parks in the world, Kielder was awarded gold tier Dark Sky Park status by the International Dark Skies association in December 2013.

Kielder was awarded gold tier Dark Sky Park status in 2013

"The combination of the stunning Lakeside Way Trail and Kielder’s darkening skies made this something really special. It sounds crazy but it wasn’t just running, it was an almost spiritual experience and we knew we had to share it with other runners in an organised event."

– Ultra Marathon runner and organiser, Phill Turton

Competitors line up for Britain's most picturesque marathon

More than 1,000 competitors will be on the start line for the Kielder Marathon.

Former Olympic athlete and world record holder Steve Cram will be there to cheer them on as they prefer for a race dubbed 'Britain's most picturesque marathon' - 26.2miles around Kielder Water in Northumberland

The Kielder Junior Runs will start at 11am at Leaplish Waterside Park - 45 minutes after the main race.

Yesterday, competition was fierce for the the Kielder 10km and Run bike Run events - part of the marathon weekend.

Competitors taking part in the Run Bike Run event as part of the Kielder marathon. Credit: North News
Competitors taking part in Kielder 10km and Run Bike Run jumping for joy. Credit: North News
The Powered by Gas team won the Run Bike Run event. Credit: North News
Kielder 10km winners Mark Fenwick and Fiona Blackett. Credit: North News


Kielder Water wins gold at Visit England awards

Kielder Water and Forest Park, the home of the biggest man-made lake in northern Europe, has been awarded the prestigious Gold Award for Best Tourism Experience at the Visit Britain awards - which were held last night.

Kielder Water in Northumberland Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The Northumberland park also has the biggest working forest in England, covering 250 square miles.

Mega-canal would provide water for the south

Mega-canal would start at Kielder Water Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Plans for a "mega-canal" connecting Northumberland with London have been put forward to the Government by multinational company AECOM.

The idea is to provide water supplies to southern England, but AECOM say it could also solve many transport, power and agricultural problems.

24 metre wide canal would draw water from Kielder Water and the Lake District Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The 24 metre wide waterway would draw water principally from the Kielder reservoir in Northumberland and the Lake District in Cumbria, using gravity to continue its flow south.

It is estimated that the project could cost £14 billion.

Plans for huge canal from Kielder Water to London

Plans for a huge canal, connecting Northumberland and Cumbria with London, are being drawn up by an American company. The idea is to provide water supplies for the South of England.

The canal would begin by drawing water from the Kielder reservoir in Northumberland, and would then go west into Cumbria, using gravity to continue its flow further south to Leeds, Birmingham and onto London.

Aecom, the engineering company behind the London 2012 Olympic Park, says it could cost £14billion.

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