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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.  

 Waymarked trails

There are two waymarked walks in the forest. The shortest is a one mile loop (green markers) through the stands of pine and larch which provide a backdrop to the car park. The Simonside Ridge Walk is a longer route (4 miles, red markers) that leads through the forest to the top of Simonside Crags. Enjoy the spectacular 360 degree panorama of Northumberland from the top of this atmospheric place.

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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?

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Been walking the Simonside hills for years now and never tire of this beautiful place

Anonymous, 29/Dec/2016
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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

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Last updated: 29th June 2018

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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.
More about what's here


OS Grid ref: NZ037997
Postcode: NE65 7NW

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