Cragside Circular

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Our walk takes us through the estate of Cragside, where the house was the first in the world to be lit by hydroelectricity, by Lord Armstrong. In 1880 the house was described as being the 'Palace of the Modern Magician', as it has all the 'mod cons' now available today.

We walk through one of Europe's largest rock gardens that surround the house, then through the rhododendrons, azaleas and woodland that cover the rocky landscape of the estate. We visit Nelly's Moss lakes, from where the water came to power the turbines, then go along the wooden flume that feeds water into the lakes. Around the top of the estate we are privy to moorland views before passing the 'basin tank', a reservoir used to supply water to the house.

Descending behind the house, we return to the old stable block, now the visitors' centre, restaurant, shop and toilets. The house is open to the public in the afternoons and the formal gardens can also be visited, where exotic fruit, a fernery and Italian terrace are among the items to be seen. A six-mile vehicular drive around the estate to visit other areas that include a labyrinth, children's play area, waterfall and thatched boathouse make this a wonderful day out for all the family, with plenty of picnic tables available all over the estate.

England - North England - Northumberland - Woodland or Forest


Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Flowers, Gift Shop, Good for Kids, Industrial Archaeology, Lake/Loch, Moor, Museum, National Trust, Nature Trail, Play Area, Public Transport, Restaurant, Tea Shop, Toilets, Waterfall, Wildlife, Woodland
6/11/2018 - bob higgins

Lovely walk. Ignore the OS map and use NT one given to you at entry and follow the same route Doing this make Cragside a superb fay out

6/28/2009 - Shaun McKittrick

Lovely walk, plenty of interesting points passed on the way (lakes / iron bridge / house etc). The OS map attached to the walk isn't the best detail ... best to ask the National Trust Staff for a guide of the estate when you go in ... their map gives you that bit more detail making following the directions that bit easier. Enjoy ... we did.

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