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Grade of Trail:

  • Demanding

Trail Waymarking:


Length of trail:

4 miles

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Midsummer walk on Simonside Hill, Northumberland

The dark outline of Simonside dominates the middle reaches of Coquetdale. For thousands of years, people have been drawn to this landmark, on occasions to bury their kinsfolk in stone-lined graves (cists). Today, walkers from all over the region are attracted by the dramatic views. The Ridge Walk climbs to the top of Simonside Crag (419 metres), where a spectacular 360-degree panorama of the Cheviots and of the whole of the Northumbrian coastline is revealed on a fine day.

What do other visitors say?

4 Stars 4 Stars

Beautiful day, beautiful scenery. July 2014 on an English summers day. I particularly liked the contrast of the walk... Through the dappled light of the forest and then up to the wide open spaces of the ridge. The views from the ridge and majestic. I saw only one other person. The peace around the large boulders at the top of the climb was uplifting to a weary townie. Do this walk! It's good for the spirit.

Sue , 22/Jul/2014
5 Stars 5 Stars

Love this walk, I take my 14 children here twice a year

Anonymous, 8/May/2014
5 Stars 5 Stars

We enjoyed a wonderful 3 hour walk on the simonside hills today - as "townies" we try to find a peaceful country walk every weekend to spend some quality family time, and this walk is perfect - interesting features (church rock, burial sights etc) on the way up, and stunning views from the top. And so peaceful - only saw 1 other person on the walk. Will definately be back.

Anonymous, 17/Mar/2013
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What's Here?

  • Trail (hard)
  • Ridge Walk at Simonside climbs to the top of Simonside Crag. This walks is characterised by walking on rough tracks with both long, prolonged ascents and descents. Benches provide welcome resting places at the foot of the crags.
  • Viewpoint
  • Simply stunning - weather permitting.
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OS Grid ref: NZ037997
Postcode: NE65 7NW

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