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Simonside Ridge Walk
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.1/5)

Trail details

Grade of Trail:

  • Demanding

Trail Waymarking:

red

Length of trail:

4 miles

Trail is currently open

 

Trail description

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?

5 Stars 5 Stars

Loved this walk. We when thinking it would be a reasonable forest walk to break our journey. What a wonderful surprise to find fantastic views from a low level ridge walk. The paths upto and on the ridge were excellent, there's obviously been a lot of work put into these - well done.

Julie, 29/Jul/2016
4 Stars 4 Stars

I really love walk, even my little Corgi manages the climb well. I reccomend this walk to people all of the time as though it can be challenging, it's well worth it!

Alex, 8/Apr/2016

Hi there wanting to take my border collie for a walk found simonside today just wondering if there is any sheep around the crags as I don't want to disturb then due to lambing season

Anonymous, 13/Mar/2016

The top of Simonside is a very important site for ground nesting birds and all dogs must be on a short lead at this time of year to avoid disturbance

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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.
More about what's here

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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