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The Grounds and Gardens at Cragside

19th October 2015

 

 

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Cragside in Northumberland is well known for the beautiful Arts & Crafts styling on the house but I did not expect it to be in such beautiful grounds.
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The view down from the house to the Iron bridge is stunning, we walked down through the rock garden which had been developed in the 1870’s.
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It was Lady Armstrong who is credited with developing the gardens at Cragside, she was known to be a keen and knowledgeable gardener.
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The bridge was built around 1869 and restored in 2008 – 9. The three arches are supported on two stone piers. I must admit to being a little scared walking over it but the view is just fabulous.

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It is hard from the ground to appreciate just how tall some of the trees are at Cragside.I love the tale that Lady Armstrong would pay a penny a bucket for local people to carry a bucket of rich valley soil from the Croquet Valley up to Cragside to help the new plants!

 

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This beautiful house and grounds are a must see, the tea room is also well worth a visit!

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