11 June 2019

Cragside


Cragside is home to the region’s most beautiful displays of rhododendrons, with only a two to three week window to see them in full bloom. We made the drive up to Northumberland at the beginning of June to discover the first colours of summer.

The rhododendron collection at Cragside is huge, they are spread across the estate so it would be impossible to visit and miss them, however there are a few key locations that offer the most impressive views of the flowers that I‘m going to be sharing in this post.


The Rock Garden

We began our visit by leaving our car in the main carpark and walking towards the house to explore the Rock Garden. This is probably Cragside’s most famous part of their rhododendron collection and a great place to start your rhododendron trail. You’ll find rhododendrons scattered amongst the rocks underneath the house and on the banks overlooking the garden. Splashes of colour everywhere you turn – they look absolutely beautiful. I also recommend making your way over the iron bridge where you can look back at the house and admire all the different coloured flowers.


The Estate Drive

One of the best ways to see the full collection of rhododendrons at Cragside is to take your car round the Estate Drive, a six mile circular route that takes you all around the site with nine car parks along the way, giving you plenty of opportunity to stop and admire. The Estate Drive will take you from pine forests to lakes, through rock formations to hillside views and out to the moors – it is a stunning way to experience Cragside.



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