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Stop stepped path is lined with sheer cliff faces in both sides. The cliffs are mossy and the path is covered in fallen leaves and pine needles.
Engineered crags and dramatic rock formations are waiting to be explored | © Andy Rayson
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Rocky Ramble, Cragside

Duck under boulders and wind between gaps in the rock on this adventurous hike through Cragside. Discover engineered crags and man-made rock formations as you traverse the hillside.

Follow the waymarkers

Brown waymarkers will show you the way on this walk.

Total steps: 10

Total steps: 10

Start point

Dunkirk car park, grid ref: NU 07464 01106

Step 1

At Dunkirk car park, look back towards the Carriage Drive. You will see the brown starter waymarker ahead of you. Go left and then take the first path on your right, up the stone steps.

Step 2

The path bears right, then left. Ahead of you, you'll see a giant rock. You can walk around it, or through the Craggy tunnel.

Step 3

Keep climbing the stone steps. At the fork in the path, take the stone steps on the left. This stone path starts to head downhill and becomes a muddy track.

Step 4

Keep following the track until you come to an arrowed sign. Turn right following the direction for Cragend car park. Take time to enjoy the views of Northumberland on your left.

Step 5

Go right at the next post following the sign for Slipper Lake.

Step 6

You will eventually see another arrowed sign pointing right for Slipper Lake. Take this path. At the top of the path you will find Slipper Lake in a peaceful clearing. It's a great place to stop for a breather before heading on.

Step 7

Keep Slipper Lake on your left and take the next path on the right down the grass track. At the bottom of the hill go left, following signs for Cragend car park.

Step 8

You will pass uneven rocky cliff on your left. At the next arrowed sign go straight on. After a little while the path starts to go downhill.

Step 9

After a short while you will come across another junction next to some giant boulders on your left. Take the path down the stone steps on your right. This path leads back to the Carriage Drive.

Step 10

Once you get back to the Carriage Drive, turn right and walk back to Dunkirk car park to finish the walk.

End point

Dunkirk car park, grid ref: NU 07464 01106

Trail map

Rocky ramble walking map, Cragside
Go on an adventure through impressive rock formations | © Anonymous Design

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