Bolam Lake - Shaftoe Craggs circular

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The route takes us from a 19th Century Lake & Plantation created by J Dobson, a Tyneside architect.

The conifers and broadleaves being homes to a host of wildlife including the Red Squirrel, Badgers, Foxes and Deer. The abundance of wild birds of the woodland are well fed via the visitors to the centre, even the Red Squirrels may visit the feeding stations.

Leaving the park, and crossing the course of the Devils Causeway Roman road, the route takes us over rocky outcrops of moorland to pass sites of former settlements and the Sandstone outcrops known as Salters Nick & Pipers Chair, forming the Shaftoe Crags.

Leaving the crags it's a pastoral stroll for the return, passing Shortflatt Tower, an original 14th Pele tower, although it is not open to the public.

The walk finishes back at the Country Park Visitors centre, where a small gift shop and Café provide a welcome terminus.

England - North England - Northumberland - Countryside


Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Gift Shop, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Lake/Loch, Moor, Toilets, Wildlife, Woodland
12/26/2013 - Barbara Conneely

A good varied walk with lovely views from Shaftoe Crags towards Wallington Hall and over the Northumbrian countryside. Waterside, open country and short climb.

6/14/2007 - Peter Ward

Good gentle walk.

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