Maroon walk

Walking trail

Bring your camera for this walk. Escape into serenity with sweeping views of the Northumbrian landscape before finding Slipper lake, a peaceful waterscape that's a haven for dragonflies. Relax on one of the benches or enjoy a picnic before heading uphill to reveal sweeping views of the Coquetdale valley, the village of Rothbury, and in the far distance the Cheviot Hills and Scottish border

Slipper lake on the Maroon walk



Crozier car park, grid ref: NU076016


Start at Crozier car park. Follow the maroon waymarks and head towards trim trail 1. Follow the path round to where to trees clear to unveil views of the Simonside hills

The maroon walk pathway with views of the Northumbrian countryside


Walk past some of the interesting rock formations until you reach Slipper lake, a haven for dragonflies. The walk follows the lake round, and passes some of the vision of science trail, stone posts carved with science and engineering-related quotes

Slipper lake in autumn


Climb the stone steps. At the top, turn right and enjoy marvellous views of Rothbury, the Coquetdale valley, Simonside hills, and Cheviot Hills in the very distance on the right

Views of Rothbury, the Coquetdale valley and Simonside hills


Follow the waymarked path back to trim trail 1 and return to Crozier car park


Crozier car park, grid ref: NU076016

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Maroon 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 carriage drive from the main car park, through the House arches.

Maroon walk

Facilities and access

  • Dogs welcome on leads
  • Toilets available at Crozier car park