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    Bolam Lakes and Shaftoe Crags Circular Walk

    Difficulty
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    Moderate
    Duration
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    3-4.5h
    Distance
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    13.8 km
    Elevation
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    263 m
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    Bolam Lakes and Shaftoe Crags Circular Walk

    The Bolam Lake and Shaftoe Crags Circular Walk is a wonderfully scenic adventure in Northumberland that features a charming lake and views from a rocky outcrop. While out walking the trail, you will cut across the countryside and pass through Bolam Country Park to view the shores of Bolam Lake, before climbing uphill for views from the Shaftoe Crags. This is a great route if you are looking for a laidback way to experience the natural beauty of Northumberland.

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    Route Description for Bolam Lakes and Shaftoe Crags Circular Walk

    Walking the Bolam Lake and Shaftoe Crags Circular Trail is a fantastic experience, thanks largely to the easy-going terrain and beautifully scenic landscape. While the route is a bit on the longer side, you will be able to experience wonderful views of Bolam Lake, as well as the surrounding countryside from atop the rocky outcrop of Shaftoe Crags, making this an excellent adventure to experience the North of England.

    Setting out from the trailhead at the Church of St Andrews, you will make your way south to meet up with the road and head right, following it west until you arrive at the edge of Bolam Country Park. Here, you will make your way south to skirt around the woodland shores of Bolam Lake, enjoying the views across the water before continuing on to the southwest.

    After traversing the open farmland, you will climb slightly uphill towards the rocky summit of Shaftoe Crags, where you will enjoy some sweeping views of the surrounding landscape. This is a great spot to rest and have a quick snack before heading back on the return leg. Descending the crags to the north, you will follow the route as it turns to the east and leads you once again across the countryside on the return to the trailhead where you started.

    Getting to the Bolam Lakes and Shaftoe Crags Circular Walk Trailhead

    The trailhead for the Bolam Lake and Shaftoe Crags Circular Walk can be found next to the Church of St Andrews in Bolam.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground

      No

    • When to do

      Year-Round

    • Pets allowed

      Yes - On Leash

    • Family friendly

      Older Children only

    • Route Signage

      Average

    • Crowd Levels

      Moderate

    • Route Type

      Circuit

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