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Nelly’s Moss lakes walk


Enjoy a lovely flat walk around two of Cragside’s historic lakes.

This short walk along established footpaths is quite easy and level, with some steps and there is an alternate route option for buggies and wheelchairs. Follow the blue waymark discs.

Nelly's Moss South, Cragside
A lovely, flat walk around two of Cragside's historic lakes National Trust


Map route for Nelly's Moss lakes walk
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Crozier car park, grid ref: NU076016


Head to the Estate Drive from Crozier Car Park and turn right. Cross over the stone bridge and follow the drive across the dam with the Nelly’s Moss South Lake on your left.

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Take the path to the left, signposted Nelly’s Moss South Lake/North Lake. Follow the path along through the trees and alongside the edge of the South Lake.

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At the end of the South Lake path turn right, keeping what is now the Nelly’s Moss North Lake on your left. Continue right around the lake until you reach the boathouse.

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At the boathouse there are 2 options to complete the walk. Option 1 is a level path suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs and takes you back the way you came. Option 2 has a number of small rock steps and gullies but is still passable for the adventurous buggy-pusher, and returns alongside the right-hand bank of the South Lake to Crozier Car Park.

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Option 1. Turn left at the boathouse and across a short stretch of boardwalk. Turn right to retrace your previous route and hence back along the South Lake, Estate drive and Crozier Car Park.


Option 2. Continue straight ahead past the boathouse, and follow the stone path along the lake side to rejoin the estate drive. Turn right to return to Crozier Car Park.


Crozier car park, grid ref: NU076016

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Nelly’s Moss lakes walk


Walk along established footpaths. Quite easy and level, with some steps (alternate route option available for buggies and wheelchairs).

Dogs welcome on leads.

Nelly’s Moss lakes walk

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Nelly’s Moss lakes walk

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.

Parking: The walk begins at Crozier Car Park, accessed by car by taking the estate drive from the Main Car Park, through the House arches and around the Estate Drive for approx 3 miles (4.8km). Crozier Car Park can also be accessed by foot from the Main Car Park by following footpath sign to the play area.

By bus

To nearby Rothbury, Arriva X14 bus from Newcastle Haymarket, Monday to Saturday. Arriva 508 special summer Sunday service. View timetables at Arriva Bus

By bicycle

View local cycle route at National Cycle Network

Nelly’s Moss lakes walk

Facilities and access

  • Tea-rooms, shop and 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