As we continued our journey towards the gardens, we initially encountered a small protected woodland as i said before which appeared untouched. The grass looked so lush and green, basically a cattle’s dream! I could’ve had the grass myself it looked so good.

Above are a few pictures illustrating the calm stillness of the walk and the odd piece of art which has been finely crafted to entertain passers-by. Before approaching the Iron Bridge, you get a real sense of how each tree and plant has been carefully placed and has been allowed to grow and express itself in its own space. I can imagine how good this walk is in the depths of Autumn too when the season has changed so we might be back for a bit of that action when it comes round.


As you approach the Iron Bridge it’s clear to see how much has gone in to strengthen the beauty of Cragside House and the surrounding area. With the flowers in full bloom, I’m sure if Monet was alive today he’d quite happily paint Cragside House, it can only be an inspiration to many who see it at this time of year.


After a brief interlude at the bridge it was time to get our skates on again, but we were given a couple directions, but after settling for the gardens it was ‘off we go’.

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Once we arrived at the gardens, everything from the flowers and careful positioning of plants only enhanced our way even more. It was great being there to appreciate the hard work and effort which has gone in to make it this good.


Everything exudes beauty, and hopefully these pictures do some snippets of the gardens a bit of justice. Admittedly, i’d taken pictures of tree’s and plants close up as i was testing both my lenses out, so I’m still trying to get to grips with them.

As i sat near the bird feeder, i realised i had my macro lense still on and rushed quickly to take some snaps of the finches and blue-tits close up.


Even though it was quite overcast the colours of the flowers were strong enough to shed some light in their own special way. I was trying my best to capture the low misty clouds hanging over the hills.

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Now, this picture, it really is a ‘Where’s wally?’ but replace it with the ‘Where’s the Great Spotted Woodpecker?’. I’ll give you a clue, if you look really intensely at the middle of the picture you’ll be able to make it out, perched on quite a thick branch. Although, the picture of it is extremely minute, i was happy to even have snapped it. I’ve never seen one before and was lucky enough to have had the reactions of a hawk whilst it flew quickly into the tree’s.

Part Three will be coming soon.

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