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.
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 StarsDeb and mick brown , 27/Dec/2015
Fab walk great for clearing the cobwebs after Christmas
4 StarsWaddell's, 31/Jul/2015
Had a fab time here today having a walk around the "red trail" with our huskies!
Hi we are two guys who love the forest / countryside and are fairly local
Do you permit the use of enduro motor bike in the forest area ?
Would like to hear from you thanks
Forestry Commission Response
In line with all Forestry Commission woodlands, Simonside is not open for use by motorbikes or any other motorised vehicles.