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Forests of Rothbury - Planning your visit

How much does it cost?Family walking on a woodland trail on Simonside hill. Kielder FD

All the Forests of Rothbury are free to access!

When are they open?

Access to all the forests and associated car parks can be made 24 hours a day.

What facilities are there?

All the forests are served with a car park, picnic site, information point and waymarked walks.

How to get there?

The Forests of Rothbury is the collective name for the Forestry Commission woodlands in the north and east of Northumberland.

Simonside Hills

By Public Transport: Bus number 416 connects Rothbury with Morpeth (both mainline rail station and buses to Newcastle). On Sundays and Bank Holidays, Northumbria buses run an additional service direct from Newcastle and Gateshead to Rothbury (number 508). Simonside is two miles to the south of Rothbury. To access the Hills on foot, follow the public footpaths from Rothbury via Whitton and Hillhead Lane, a distance of 2.5 miles (4km).

By Car: Signposted from the B6342 (Rothbury to Scot’s Gap road)

Holystone Wood

By Public Transport: There is no bus service in the proximity of the Wood.

By Car: Holystone village is signposted from the B6341 (Elsdon to Rothbury road). The Wood is 500 metres west of the village.

Thrunton Wood

By Public Transport: There is no bus service to Thrunton Wood. However, a service runs every two hours from Alnwick to Wooler (number 473, IDM Travel) that stops in Whittingham, approximately 1.5 miles (2km) north of the Wood. Access to the wood is on foot via ‘Whittingham Lane’.

By Car: Thrunton is signposted from the A697, Newcastle to Coldstream road.

Hepburn Wood

By Public Transport: There is no bus service in the proximity of the Wood

By Car: A mile and a half south-east of the entrance to Chillingham Estate.

Wooler Common

By Public Transport: Wooler can be reached by a fifty minute bus journey from Alnwick (service number 473, IDM Travel). This service runs every two hours. A town bus service will take you within 400 metres of the Common at the edge of Wooler. The last part of the journey is undertaken on foot along the public road access on to the Common.

By Car: Signposted opposite the Bus Station in Wooler Town Centre. The Common is one mile west of Wooler.

Where to Stay?

The main hubs for a visit to the Forests of Rothbury are Wooler in the north and Rothbury in the south. Sited in Northumberland National Park means both towns and the surrounding area have a wide selection of good quality accommodation options.

The ‘Visit Northumberland’ website has a list of accommodation in the area and runs an online booking service or call their visitor helpline on 08701 601781.

Nearest Tourist Information Centres:
Alnwick 01665 510665
Morpeth 01670 500700
Rothbury 01669 620887
Wooler 01668 282123

England's Woods and Forests are cared for by Forest Enterprise England, an agency of the Forestry Commission.