On Sunday afternoon, following our visit to Brinkburn Priory, we drove fifteen minutes to Cragside, a National Trust estate, home to the first house in the world to be lit using hydroelectric power.
First stop cake and scones in the tea shop – so good (and provided much needed energy for the steep hills on the estate). This time, we visited the formal garden and pump house, before looping up to the house. The views were magnificent.
We then started along the six mile forest drive with stops at the play park and labyrinth. On a previous visit we’d had a go of the barefoot trail (a not to be missed experience) and den building. The labyrinth was good fun, although Boy 1 managed to lose his glasses (he’d tripped and they’d fallen off his face, and none of us noticed for a while). The treasure for us was finding the glasses again rather than the wooden hut in the centre – phew!
Throughout the estate we saw pockets of colour everywhere from the many rhododendrons in bloom. We’d not realised now (between the end of May and mid June) is prime time to see them. Chloe from New Girl In Toon has written a blog post sharing pictures of the flowers in their magnificent glory. We also saw a tame baby red squirrel.
It was good to see that Cragside offer a 10K run the last Sunday of every month. Similar to other National Trust venues, they offer lots of events including tandem kayaking, rhododendron gardener talks, and Victorian baking to name a few (details here). I hadn’t realised Cragside was used as a filming location for the 2018 film Jurassic World; Fallen Kingdom.
If planning a visit, I recommend picking up a map. We’ll be back again soon.
Have you been to Cragside? What are your favourite things to do there?
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