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

Trail details

Grade of Trail:

  • Demanding

Trail Waymarking:


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

Did this walk Saturday 25th March in lovely warm sunshine. Thoroughly enjoyed it, the views were spectacular. Very impressed with the paths which made it so much easier. Well recommended.

MaggieT, 27/Mar/2017
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
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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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