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Walk To Shaftoe Crags From Bolam Lake

Introduction

We started this walk from the visitor centre car park at Bolam Lake and followed a route around the lake to the other car park, along the road to Bolam West Houses and from there to Shaftoe Crags, returning along the same route.

Distance - Approx 5 miles

Parking - Bolam Lake (Pay & Display) - Restricted opening hours with car park barrier.

Toilets - Bolam Lake, beside the visitor centre.

View from the top of Shaftoe Crags
View from the top of Shaftoe Crags.

View of Shaftoe Crags from below.
View of Shaftoe Crags from below.

Walk

1) We left the car park, walked towards the lake and turned right along the footpath on the north side of the lake.

Visitor centre at Bolam Lake main car park.
Visitor centre at Bolam Lake main car park.

Bolam Lake.
Bolam Lake.

 

2) Along the way we stopped to enjoy the lakeside views and take some photos of the lake.

View along Bolam Lake.
View along Bolam Lake.

View across Bolam Lake.
View across Bolam Lake.

 

3) After crossing the open grassy area we continued along the board walk to the other car park on the south side of the lake.

View along Bolam Lake.
View along Bolam Lake.

Boardwalk at east end of Bolam Lake.
Boardwalk at east end of Bolam Lake.

 

4) Here we left the country park and turned right onto the road that leads to Bolam West Houses.

After a short distance we reached the crossroads at Bolam West Houses and turned left onto a road past the cottages and farm buildings. This was marked as a public footpath.

Road to Bolam West Houses.
Road to Bolam West Houses.

Crossroads at Bolam West Houses.
Crossroads at Bolam West Houses.

 

5) We followed this road, which leads to East Shaftoe Hall and at a left hand bend we turned off the road onto a footpath across open ground.

Farm track from Bolam West Houses.
Farm track from Bolam West Houses.

Farm track from Bolam West Houses.
Farm track from Bolam West Houses.

 

6) We followed the path steadily uphill. It was wet and boggy in places with patches of Gorse to pass through.

Path to Shaftoe Crags.
Path to Shaftoe Crags.

View looking north from the path.
View looking north from the path.

 

7) After a while we reached Shaftoe Crags where the path continued down a gulley between the crags.

Approaching Shaftoe Crags.
Approaching Shaftoe Crags.

Path through the gulley between the crags.
Path through the gulley between the crags.

 

8) We turned off the path and walked to the top of the crags to explore, enjoy the views and take photos. There were climbers on some parts of the crags.

View from Shaftoe Crags. View from Shaftoe Crags.
View from Shaftoe Crags. View from Shaftoe Crags.
View from Shaftoe Crags. View from Shaftoe Crags.
View from Shaftoe Crags. View from Shaftoe Crags.
Views from Shaftoe Crags.

 

9) We then walked down through the gap between the crags to take some more photos looking back up at them. This area was also quite wet underfoot.

View from Shaftoe Crags. View from Shaftoe Crags.
View from Shaftoe Crags. View from Shaftoe Crags.
Views from Shaftoe Crags.

 

10) From the crags we turned back and followed the same path and tracks back to Bolam West Cottages, enjoying the views along the way.

Footpath from Shaftoe Crags to Bolam West Houses. Footpath from Shaftoe Crags to Bolam West Houses.
Footpath from Shaftoe Crags to Bolam West Houses. Footpath from Shaftoe Crags to Bolam West Houses.
Footpath from Shaftoe Crags to Bolam West Houses. Footpath from Shaftoe Crags to Bolam West Houses.
Footpath from Shaftoe Crags to Bolam West Houses.

 

11) At the crossroads we turned right onto the road back to Bolam Lake.

Bolam West Houses.
Bolam West Houses.

Road to Bolam Lake.
Road to Bolam Lake.

 

12) When we reached the lake we followed the path along the south shore, stopping at the swans favourite feeding place and to take more photos.

Road to Bolam Lake.

 

13) From here we followed the path along the east side of the lake back to the car park.

Footpath back to the car park.
Footpath back to the car park.

View along the lake.
View along the lake.

Notes

Walking Gear:

- Good walking boots advised.

- Waterproof clothing advisable depending on the weather forecast.

Food and drink advisable.

Maps - Ordnance Survey Landranger sheet no. 81 - Alnwick, Morpeth and Surrounding Area. 

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