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Simonside, Northumberland on Sunday 16th December

posted 3 Dec 2012, 09:13 by jenny rookes
For our December walk we propose to do the distinctive skyline that features in so many Northumberland views - the crest of the Simonside Hills. It's 6.5 miles  to walk from Lordenshaws along the ridge to Simonside, before heading South past Selby's Cove, to pick up St. Oswald's Way again and Coquet Cairn, back to Lordenshaws past Spylaw.  

A full tour of the ridge could be done by keeping going from Simonside along the top of Ravensheugh crag to the highest top Tosson Hill, then keep going along the crest of the Simonside hills until we hit a forest road in Harwood. From there we'd basically head south through the forest (GPS useful!) to pick up St. Oswald's Way and follow it back to Lordenshaws past Chartners, which is very old, and Coquet Cairn, which is a good viewpoint that's far enough off the beaten track that not many people get there. It'd be a good walk but could do with good weather, and although it follows paths all the way some of it will be rough ground. It would cover basically the whole crest of the Simonside Hills so would be a Northumberland Classic. This would be 11.22 miles

We'll need all the daylight available for the full walk so will meet at 9 a.m. in the Lordenshaws Car Park and aim to be back before dark at about 4.00 p.m. The two walks share the same outward  route so we can walk together for most of the way and, those who carry on for the 11 miler ,will meet up later in Rothbury. 

Access Information

Rothbury is about 1hr 30 mins drive from Throssel and 45 minutes from Newcastle .

From Rothbury, take the B6342 towards Scots Gap. After about two miles turn right to Simonside Forest. Park in the free Lordenshaws car park on the right before reaching the forest.Grid ref:NZ052987

This walk is not so difficult in terms of gradients (there are one or two short but steep climbs) but any walk in December needs planning and proper equipment. Please come with good boots; warm clothes ( spare hat and gloves are a good idea) ; effective waterproofs; a torch and a day's food. 

There are excellent pubs and cafes in Rothbury for an afterwalk/pre Christmas celebration.

With bows
Hope to see you there