What is it about kids and puddles? Thankfully neither ended up face down in this one. I love Cragside, there is something about it that makes you feel like you have stepped into a self-contained world. There are several car parks around the vast grounds and this time we parked up by the playground. When the children were younger we used to stick them in the backpacks and it was a wonderful trek up from the house through the craggy forest. Now at three and a half and 21 months they like to walk (or scooter) so we drove up and Charlotte was able to scooter along the path by the lake, although you do have to watch out for oncoming cars. It is one way however, which makes it safer. There are also picnic benches and toilets by the playground. If you walk a bit further there are some fantastic picnic spots overlooking the lakes. The playpark is a good size, with a very big climbing/slide frame that is challenging for the older ones, yet still safe enough for my 21 month old to give it a fair old go and also a zip wire.


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