The rock gardens extend all around the house and cover 4.5 acres. Most of the rock has been man-laid, using fell sandstone from the surrounding moors. This garden had become badly overgrown and since 1988 has been gradually restored, with the work still ongoing.

There are three distinct areas. The oldest, of the 1870s, north and west of the house, it is most unusual, with an almost ‘tumbling’ effect; this may be the last surviving example of its type. The two cascades in the design bring into the garden the movement and sound of water. Below, the lower west rock garden of the mid-1880s is more ordered in construction. South and east of the house, a large band of natural rock is enhanced with late 1880s-early 1890s pavement and strata-style rock.*

Tumbling Scree

Tumbling Scree

Rocky Pathway

*From Cragside Garden Leaflet.

16 Comments CherryPie on Oct 7th 2009

16 Responses to “The Rock Gardens at Cragside”

  1. jameshigham says:

    Those “craggy” landscapes are sometimes nicer than the symmetrical.

  2. Dragonstar says:

    What a beautiful place Cherie. I’m exhausted just thinking about all the work involved, but the result is well worth it.

  3. Reminds me of the approach up to St Michael’s Mount Marazion Cornwall…had the best holiday of my life down there and the best memory of climbing it with my wife and sharing carrying our baby on our backs. It was a wonderful holiday….spent 3 nights in Devon after the jaunt to Cornwall. After having 2 children with the wrong woman and missing out on walking around fantastic romantic locations in Britain with a family…it meant so much to have a second chance with my Wife and our baby….I just wish i could have done it with the other kids :(

    • CherryPie says:

      That does sound such a fantastic holiday :-) I have spent time there a few years ago with my Brother and his kids :-)

      It is sad that you didn’t get the chance with your other kids. But I think maybe having such fun with your wife now (and all the other memories you have) is life’s way of making up for that missed opportunity xx

  4. God has been very kind to me CherryPie and the Devil has been very cruel. But I am a lucky man.

    Here is an apt song that I think I gave to James Higham…can’t remember…

    It sums up how I feel about life….always makes me cry….Always.

    • CherryPie says:

      I ‘know’ that good always prevails over evil.

      That is a lovely song :-)

      Between you and me the song that always makes me cry is ‘I did it my way’ sung by Sid Vicous.

  5. Beautiful, simply beautiful.

  6. Phidelm says:

    Thank you for the lovely tour, Cherie – much-appreciated in the parched south!

  7. -eve- says:

    Was just noticing the sunset picture you have at the right top corner of your header. It’s mesmerizing – kept staring at it, and the clouds kept moving…