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Heritage, heavenly walking and hearty food in Northumberland...

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  • Duration

    2 Nights
  • Accommodation

  • Food

    Some provided. Details below
  • Difficulty Levels

    Multiple options available
    1 - 2

We have a pukka spot for this weekend as we’re staying in a Victorian cottage, now a bunkhouse, in the grounds of the historic National Trust property Cragside near Rothbury in the heart of some very fine Northumbrian countryside.

Making the most of the surroundings, this weekend includes a gentle circular walk on the Saturday venturing along part of Northumberland’s long distance trail, St Oswald’s Way.

Then on the Sunday we stroll through the grounds of Cragside, enjoy lunch in the tea room and leave enough time for those who want to discover the house and find out why it was the first home to be lit by hydroelectricity.

All this, and the prospect of convivial company and lovely food – what more could you want from a sociable weekend!

In a nutshell:

  • Revel in a day’s gentle walking through quiet Northumbrian landscape
  • Stay on a country estate with formal gardens and historic house to explore
  • Bask in the sheer enjoyment that comes with being in the company of like-minded people who are keen to walk but don’t feel the need for a full-on route march!


  • Friday 26th – Sunday 28th June

Cragside in Northumberland

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With our host putting on the kettle at around 5pm, guests can pitch up anytime from then onwards.

Be prepared to be a bit in awe of the location as you drive through the estate grounds before arriving at the cottage and seeing the views through the trees out to the lake.

Once inside, we’ll help you settle in before turning our attention to preparing the evening meal.

By early evening the conversations will be in full flow, interrupted only by our host talking you through plans for the rest of the weekend.

Kettlewell Walking Weekend


After a hearty breakfast we pack up lunch and head out for the day.

Unlike many of our other weekends, for this one we walk as a single group. Today’s walk is a circular route of around 10-12 miles across gently undulating terrain that we’ll do at a leisurely pace.

As Rothbury is known as the Capital of Coquetdale, we’ll follow the peaceful meandering River Coquet and head for the sandstone ridge called the Simonside Hills. After stopping to take in the fantastic sweeping views we return along part of the long distance trail St Oswald’s Way and back to Rothbury.

The town with its mellow sandstone buildings is great for a wander and we’ll usually break up the journey with a pint in one of the pubs (well it would be rude not to!).

We then stroll back to Cragside where there’s plenty of time for R&R, perhaps with a chilled glass of something in-hand while soaking up the lakeside views before dinner is served.

Brecon Beacons,


Today we remain on the 1,000-acre Cragside Estate with a morning’s walking that might include a visit to the Pinetum, wandering along paths lined with towering North American conifers.

Once back we head to the tea room for lunch. This leaves ample time for those who want to delay their return journey by visiting Cragside House which was described in 1880 as ‘a palace of the modern magician’ referring to the former owner Lord Armstrong, who was a Victorian inventor and industrialist.

Not only did his endeavours result in Cragside becoming the first building to be lit by hydroelectricity but also the location for a wealth of other gadgetry – from fire alarm buttons through to a Turkish bath suite.

Good to know:

Venue Address:

Cragside Bunkhouse
NE65 7PX

Arriving by Public Transport:

Nearest Train Station: Morpeth (17 miles)

Car shares / taxi share or travel buddy: If you are attending this trip then please use the Large Outdoors Facebook Members page to request or look for travel buddies.

What’s Included:

  • 2 nights hostel accommodation.
  • 2 days of guided day walks – please note any excursions or other extra activities may incur an additional charge.
  • Welcome meal on the Friday plus Saturday night evening meal. Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday and then a packed lunch for Saturday.
  • As well as meals, we also provide a variety of complimentary soft drinks and beverages – tea & coffee which includes herbal, fruit and decaffeinated options and fruit squashes.

The Basics:

Age Limit:  You must be over 18 to attend this trip, there is no upper age limit.

Dogs:  I am afraid dogs are not allowed on this trip, unless they are registered assistance dogs.

Arrival Time:  You are welcome to arrive any time from 5pm onwards and settle in before we serve an evening meal at about 8pm. Please let us know if you intend arriving after 10pm.

Solo Travellers:  This trip is perfect for solo travellers and although couples and small groups of friends are always welcome the majority of people do attend on their own.

Rooms: This venue has a mix of twins and 4 – 6 bedded rooms and we only ever offer these on a same sex basis. Please note bedding is NOT provided at this venue. You will need to bring your own pillow, duvets, sleeping bags etc.

Venue: Please note the bathrooms and showers in this venue are accessed via an outdoor courtyard.

Alcoholic Drinks: We do not supply any alcohol for this trip but you are welcome to bring your own drinks to enjoy over the weekend.

Useful Links:

Kit lists – You can view our kit lists here…

FAQ’s– For important information on what’s included with our standard trips, such as what food we supply, arrival times and answer to our most commonly asked questions please visit out our FAQ’s page

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What our members have to say...

  • “I didn’t really know what to expect on my first ever walking holiday and wasn’t very prepared if truth be known – lesson to all read the essential kit list especially waterproofs! It was great fun and what a lovely group of supportive and encouraging people, especially Gareth who did a great job looking after us all. I must admit at times I found it a bit challenging but what a great sense of achievement when we reached the top of the mountains (hills) I will definitely do this again.
    Member Since 2016
  • Well, for a non-walker it was certainly challenging but my word was it exhilarating! The feeling of achievement after every day, was just fabulous. The group we went with were all strangers on day one, but firm friends by the end of the week. The comradery on some of the tougher walks, helped me to the top…..and wow what views. Anyone thinking of doing it - don’t worry….just go for it!
    Member Since 2016
  • My first Large Outdoors and (Ulster & the Giant's Causeway Walking Weekend) Irish experience was absolutely fantastic. Everything was organised perfectly and Gareth is a joy to be around. I loved every minute and will definitely book myself onto another trip. #toldallmyfriendstheyhavetocome
    Member Since 2018
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