Now open: Nelly’s Moss lakes walk

Walking trail

Enjoy a family-friendly flat walk around two of Cragside’s historic lakes. The lakes were engineered by Armstrong and formed part of his pioneering hydro-electricity system. The lakes are home to lots of wildlife. Look out for frogs and toads crossing your path and even herons dipping their feet in the water. There's an alternative route for buggies and pushchairs too.

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 waymarkers.

Two girls walking along the banks of the Nelly's Moss lakes


Map route for Nelly's Moss lakes walk


Crozier car park, grid ref: NU076016


This walk starts at Crozier car park. To get to it, follow the signs for the Carriage Drive. The drive starts by driving through the archways of the House.

The House on an autumn day at Cragside. The Carriage Drive starts by driving through the archways of the House.


Once parked, walk back towards the Carriage Drive and turn right across the dam with Nelly's Moss south 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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A heron perched on the banks of the lake at Cragside.


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.


Option 1. Turn left at the boathouse and across a short stretch of boardwalk. Turn right to retrace your previous route and head back along the south lake, Carriage 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 Carriage Drive. Turn right to return to Crozier car park.

Visitors walking a long the stone paths on the Nelly's Moss walk.


Crozier car park, grid ref: NU076016

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Now open: 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.

Now open: Nelly’s Moss lakes walk

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Now open: 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

Now open: 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