You never really appreciate what you’ve got around you on your own doorstep or at least we didn’t till a few years ago when we started seriously walking up the Northumbrian coast and along Hadrians Wall . Earlier this year we decided to take out a yearly membership of the National Trust to encourage us to do even more walking , The trust have some great walks in their properties .
This was the first real time we’d had the time to use it , we decided to hit Cragside as i’d never been their before , drove past it numerous times on my way to Rothbury but never entered its gates , as i said you never appreciate……
It was suppose to be nice and sunny today but when we got up into North Northumberland there was a heavy mist on the moors which spilled over onto Cragside , hence the dullish photos .
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Built as a weekend retreat for Lord Armstrong in the 1860’s the house has been enlarged several times through it’s life .
The interior of the house is one of the most impressive i’ve seen , it was the first house in the world to be lit by hydro-electric power (Armstrong was the leading pioneer in hydraulics , the house has many devices powered by water including a lift and the kitchen rotisserie !). The rooms have been well preserved in their original state…….
The interior photos haven’t turned out too bad given that they were hand held (some as low as 0.5 Secs ) without the use of a flash !
After a walk around of the House we went for a wander in the grounds , including through the Rock Garden and Formal Garden. we didn’t cover much , just over 2.5 miles , which isn’t bad considering there are 40 miles of walks in the grounds !!!
Cragside Gardens are famous for their Rhododendrons (over 100 species on site ) and we’ll be returning in the not too distant future (late May / Early June) to see their flowering . We’re planning on returning several times during the year to see the place in different seasons .
More Info about Cragside can be found here on the National Trusts site