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View from Simonside Hill, Northumberland

The breathtaking panorama from the top of mystical Simonside is one of the best in the whole of the North East of England.

The Simonside Hills lie within Northumberland National Park on the northern-most edge of Harwood forest and have beckoned walkers for years because of their wild and rugged beauty. The range dominates the skyline forming a dramatic southern backdrop to the middle reaches of the River Coquet.

The climb up the hills to the top (at 430m) is rewarded with the whole panorama of the Cheviots to the north and from the top of Simonside itself the whole Northumbrian coastline is revealed.

The forest isn't just for walkers. Mountain bikers and horse riders are also welcome to ride the forest roads and tracks of this magical place. Please note, unsurfaced tracks on the open moorland at the summit of Simonside are for walkers only.  

Car Park Walk, Simonside

 

Simonside Ridge Walk

 

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None of the other paths and trails within the wood are waymarked and it is recommended that you take an OS Landranger or Explorer map with you to aid navigation.

What do other visitors say?

5 Stars 5 Stars

Breath taking and for someone who is on the not so fit side it was a comfortable hike

Anonymous, 5/Nov/2016
5 Stars 5 Stars

Fab walk great for clearing the cobwebs after Christmas

Deb and mick brown , 27/Dec/2015
4 Stars 4 Stars

Had a fab time here today having a walk around the "red trail" with our huskies!

Waddell's, 31/Jul/2015
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Last updated: 29th February 2016

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What's Here?

  • Cycling
  • Ancient Monuments
  • Picnic
  • Walking
  • Dogs
  • There are no dog bins provided in the forest. Please take all bagged dog waste home with you or flick unbagged waste off the paths and into the undergrowth. Don't give your dog a bad name!
  • Wildlife
  • Holystone is great for Bird of Prey watching on the crags.
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Location

OS Grid ref: NZ037997
Postcode: NE65 7NW

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Contact

Kielder Castle

01434 250209
kieldercastle@­forestry.gsi.gov.uk

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