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Gun walk at Cragside


A challenging stroll through the heart of Cragside taking in some of the estate's most stunning highlights. Follow the red waymark discs.

View from the Gun walk
Take a challenging hike through the heart of the estate National Trust


Map route for gun walk at Cragside
© Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey


House forecourt, grid ref: NU073021


Beginning at the house forecourt, walk a short distance along the Estate Drive until you reach a path on the left, signposted to Cragend. Climb the stone steps, bearing right at the top, towards Cragend. Follow the path towards Cragend until you come to a crossroads.

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Continue straight ahead towards the Gun Walk and Cragend. Large crags line the path as you continue straight on through the next three junctions, following the signposts for Cragend Quarry.

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Continue along the path as it begins to climb bending sharply left almost back upon itself. At the junction at the top of the steep climb turn right then follow signs to Cragend down the rock slope.


At the track in front of you turn left to enter Cragend Quarry.

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Follow the footpath signposted Viewpoint and Crozier. Continue straight on at the next junction and up a small set of wooden steps. The path now continues steeply up until you reach the Viewpoint and a well placed bench. From the viewpoint, continue along the path until you reach the next junction. Carry straight on heading for the Lakes. At the next junction turn right, following the sign to the South Lake. Crossing a short boardwalk the path leads on until joining the Estate Drive.


Turn left and walk along the Estate Drive. After the bridge, bear left into Crozier Car Park where toilet facilities are available. Passing the play area to your left; follow the signs towards the Trim Trail. Go round a vehicle barrier at the far end of the car park and onto a track.

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At Trim Trail 1, bear right, and continue to follow the signs for the Trim Trail. Continue along the track until you reach a large engraved stone and a fingerpost directing you left to the House. Follow that path down the stone steps which will take you past a series of engraved stones to the slipper lake.

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When you reach the lake, turn right along the broad track. After 440yd (400m), turn left at the next junction to return to the House and main car park.

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House forecourt, grid ref: NU073021

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Gun walk at Cragside


Walk along established footpaths with some steep climbs and rock steps.

Dogs welcome on leads.

Gun walk at Cragside

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Gun walk 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, Monday to Saturday. Arriva 508 special summer Sunday service.

By bicycle

View local cycle route at National Cycle Network

Gun walk at Cragside

Facilities and access

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