Cragside, Northumberland – Part Three

Part Three is the last chapter of the album which I’d like to share with you all. We walked back from the Garden to the car park and followed the paths which took us further up the hill and away from Cragside House. The paths were great and i could imagine them being super fun for families to enjoy too.


The first picture is the cafe which you can find walking back from the gardens, and at the iron bridge turn left on your way to the other pump house. After the pump house, you go up some steps near a reservoir and the cafe is on your way towards the car park. As we began the walks, you get a different perspective of Cragside House.

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The start of the trail pretty much sets the standard in terms of how beautiful the walk is.


Using the macro lense to take close up’s of moss and small tree’s, sometimes using it to take pictures of things further away which is a bit of a rookie error.


All of a sudden, you get ‘that feeling’ something could be moving so you look, and lo and behold a red squirrel was scurrying around the tree’s. Quickly, i tried to swap lenses so i could get closer to it, you can just about make it out through the branches as it was trying its best to disguise itself.


There are also fun things for Children to feast their eyes on and learn in the process, various animals and insects which have been made and planted on the trail. Due to my macro lense, there was a picture of a place in the middle of the trail which serves as a midway point, picnic benches, play area to sit and rest, unfortunately this picture was too blurry to illustrate. There was also a labyrinth which was brilliant and we pretty much got lost in it for a while which was good fun. This demonstrates the hard work that has gone in to make Cragside the place it is today, a place where you can discover despite getting lost along the way. Definitely recommended.


After we got to the lakes it was time to make our way back. Apparently, there is over 40 miles of walks to discover so we only covered maybe 6 or 7. Another 33 or 34 to go…

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Cragside, Northumberland – Part Two

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.

Cragside, Northumberland – Part One.

There were a few options available to us during May Bank Holiday and we opted to feast our eyes on what Cragside had to offer us. One reminder, and it is quite important, ensure you have cash as they only accept cash unless of course you’re a member then you’re fine. We both wanted to experience Cragside outdoors and chose the ‘Gardens and Woodland‘ which was reasonably priced, please click on link to reveal current prices.

When you get to Cragside, parking is ample, enough for everyone and you can enjoy the variety of walks the site has to offer many of which provide their own stamp and personality. You can also pay extra to set foot inside Cragside House which can offer more in terms of entertainment for families and the walks are also fantastic too!

We tried to experience everything we could but in the time slot we had, we managed probably 75% which was a good effort and the main thing, i got to test my new lenses, one of which i probably need to learn how to use before i go snapping away in public. This also goes to show how much you probably need to plan before you go so you know which routes to take beforehand as there are many.


One thing to remember about Cragside this time of year is how beautiful it looks when all the tree’s and plants are in full bloom. Rhododendrons were out in force, as were the bluebells too.

The walk which led us through Cragside House and on our way to the gardens led us through a path which meandered through a patch of woodland which was beautifully preserved, almost untouched, of which the only things capable of touching and reaching were the birds.

The pump house has also been restored inside to reveal how hydro electricity works and how the water is pumped, and this can also be interactive, and especially for families who are going with children.

With one of my new lenses i was able to get within reach of things you wouldn’t often see with the naked eye, for example, this Robin flying close to the stream catching flies.