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cragwalk19.jpg A Cragside wonderland

Cragside – one of the most important Victorian houses in the UK – is always worth a visit, but its grounds are equally as impressive with over 40 miles of footpaths to explore.

Cragside, once home to Lord and Lady Armstrong, was light years ahead of its time – quite literally – as it was the first house in the world to be lit by hydroelectricity. It is crammed with ingenious gadgets and it was referred to as one of the wonders of the age with good reason. When I first visited, many years ago, what struck me was the incredible grounds that the house is nestled in. There are acres upon acres of landscape to explore from rugged rock gardens to towering conifers and over 40 miles of footpaths up and down hills and around lakes. You can grab some printer-friendly walks before you go, or use the waymarks to navigate your way round. And with 14 waymarked walks to choose from, you can discover a different corner of Cragside every time you visit. (And, hey, it all looks particularly gorgeous in September.)

Cragside, Rothbury, Morpeth, Northumberland. nationaltrust.org.uk/cragside