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Falstone Moss

Falstone Moss, near Tower Knowe at Kielder, is the most accessible of the Border Mires. The marked trail leads from the road but is also accessible from the lake trail. The route climbs up through heather moorland before proceeding through a second gate and eventually onto a boardwalk across the bog.

The boardwalk heads to a small central pond. Species such as red grouse, adder, roe deer and the hairy caterpillars of northern eggar moth can be seen from the walk. In summer the central pool becomes alive with dragonflies and damselflies such as the common hawker, black darter and large red damselfly. Sphagnum mosses, the main peat-forming plants, are localised alongside the boardwalk. Growing in the moss are bog asphodel, cranberry, and occasionally bog rosemary.

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Reserve information

300m west of Kielder Dam
Tower Knowe, Kielder
Map reference
NY 708 860
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22.00 hectares

Please see downloadable Access Information for the reserve below.
Walking information
A path leads up from the road between the Kielder dam and Tower Knowe
Car parking is at the south end of Kielder Dam or at Tower Knowe Visitor Centre (charge applies for both). A walk of 400/200m along the Lakeside Trail leads to the gate onto the moor. This is signposted “Falstone Moss”.
Dogs must be on lead
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Northumberland Wildlife Trust
Tel: (0191) 284 6884


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