Cragend Quarry is one of the many quarries at Cragside. 

Cragend Quarry is one of the many quarries at Cragside.

Spectacular views over Coquet Valley © National Trust

Spectacular views over Coquet Valley

View of Slipper Lake at Cragside © Jill Gregory

View of Slipper Lake at Cragside

Route overview

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

Route details

See this step-by-step route marked on a map

Gun Walk map
  • Directions
  • Route
  • Bus stop
  • Parking
  • Toilet
  • Viewpoint

Start: House forecourt

  1. 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 cross roads.

    Show/HideCragend

    This walk is named as Armstrong’s preferred route for shooting parties.

  2. 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.

    Show/HideMemorial stone

    After the next short rock tunnel, pass a memorial stone in memory of a local airman on the left hand side.

  3. 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.

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

    Show/HideCragend Quarry

    Cragend quarry is one of many quarries on the estate and the largest. The sheer rock faces of the quarry were left when the rock was removed in order to build Cragside house. The rock was exploded and you can still see the blast marks.

    Cragend Quarry is one of the many quarries at Cragside. © Jill Gregory
  5. 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.

  6. 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.

    Show/HideCrozier Drive

    Crozier Drive is named after long serving butler, Andrew Crozier who worked for three generations of Armstrong’s. Andrew Crozier is said to be the person who as a young boy turned the first electric light on at Cragside.

  7. At Trim Trail 1, bear right, and continue to follow the signs for the Trim Trail. Continue along the track until you reach a fingerpost directing you left to the House. Follow that path down the stone steps until you reach a wooden bridge.

    Show/HideSlipper Lake

    As you follow the path, you'll be greeted by a lovely view of Slipper Lake, Rothbury and the Coquet Valley.

    Spectacular views over Coquet Valley © National Trust
  8. When you reach the lake, turn right along the broad track. After 400m, turn left at the next junction to return to the House and Main Car Park.

    Show/HideWoodland estate

    Lord Armstrong had a team of about 150 gardeners and estate workers who planted over 7 million trees and bushes at Cragside to create the huge woodland estate you see today.

    View of Slipper Lake at Cragside © Jill Gregory

End: House forecourt

  • Trail: Walking
  • Grade: Hard
  • Distance: 3 miles
  • Time: 2 hours
  • Terrain:

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

  • How to get here:

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

    By bus: To nearby Rothbury, Arriva X14 bus from Newcastle Haymarket, Monday to Saturday. Arriva 508 special summer Sunday service. View timetables here: www.arrivabus.co.uk.

    By cycle: View local cycle route on the National Cycle Network website.
     

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