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Armstrong trail at Cragside


This rough hike takes in the main features at Cragside including the house and iron bridge.

Lift your spirits with beautiful autumn colours

Across the estate, the colour green is vibrant in autumn. The pinetum is a special place at this time of year – the rows of spruce are really spiky across the top. Have a slow meander through; it’s very atmospheric.

Explore Cragside on the Armstrong trail
A beautiful walk around Tumbleton Lake National Trust / Leigh Philp


Map route for armstrong trail at Cragside
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Visitor centre, grid ref: NU073022


Begin at the visitor centre. When facing Tumbleton Lake take the estate drive right uphill. Continue uphill on the estate drive towards Tumbleton Cottage.


A short distance after the cottages, turn left off the estate drive and onto a gravel track to follow the curve of the lakeside. Continue on this path and cross over the recently restored Debdon Bridge. This is a brilliant viewpoint on the route; you can look back to where you started and admire the panoramic scene from a different perspective.

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Use the boardwalk (funded by Bovril through their Great Outdoor Revival project) to compete the lakeside circuit. Tumbleton boathouse appears on the left and there are two options to finish the walk.


Complete the circular walk by returning to the visitor centre where you started or continue to Step 5.


Take a right onto the steps leading towards the Pump House.

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Follow the path that criss-crosses the Debdon stream. The spectacular iron bridge comes into view, with Cragside house beyond.


Continue forwards until you can see the flight of stone steps on the left hand side to gain access across the iron bridge.


At the other end of the bridge take the winding set of steps underneath the bridge towards the Pinetum. Follow the pathway through the collection of conifers.

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The path forks after the wooden bridge. Turn right to continue through the Pinetum.


At the end of the Pinetum, turn right to cross over the ivy bridge and continue along the path.


Keep on this path for a while until the waterwheel from Warton Farm appears in view. To the right, the path continues to the power house.


Explore the power house. The walk ends here. You can return the way you came or take a different route back, following signs for the house.


Visitor centre, grid ref: NU073022

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Armstrong trail at Cragside


Walk along established footpaths – the initial circuit around Tumbleton Lake is flat and after this the walk is steep in places with steps. Stout footwear is recommended. Follow the green waymark discs.

Dogs are welcome on leads.

Armstrong trail at Cragside

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Armstrong trail at Cragside

How to get here

Cragside, Rothbury, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE65 7PX
By road

13 miles (21km) south-west of Alnwick (B6341) and 15 miles (24km) north-west of Morpeth on Wooler road (A697), turn left on to B6341 at Moorhouse Crossroads, entrance 1 mile (1.6km) north of Rothbury.

By bus

To nearby Rothbury, Arriva X14 bus from Newcastle Haymarket and various buses via Spirit Buses. View timetables at Arriva Bus and Spirit Buses.

By bicycle

View local cycle route on the National Cycle Network

Armstrong trail at Cragside

Facilities and access

  • Tea-rooms, shop and free parking
  • Dogs welcome on leads
  • Baby-changing and feeding facilities
  • Designated mobility parking next to the visitor centre and in main car park
  • Adapted toilet facilities