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Scaling the heights in the Park


Rock climbing in Northumberland National Park.

A climber takes to the rockface at Simonside.

We have some beautiful crags for rock climbers. Northumberland National Park is great for bouldering too.

Good rock climbing crags:

Simonside (near Rothbury)

  • Simonside itself
  • Selby’s Cove
  • Ravensheugh

To the north of Rothbury

  • Thrunton Crag
  • Coe Crag
  • Callaly Crag

To the west of Rothbury

  • Sandy Crag
  • Linshiels
  • The Drakestone
  • South Yardhope

Good bouldering spots:

On the hillside above the western end of Rothbury

  • Gimmerknowe
  • Ship Rock

Only 15 minutes walk from Rothbury town centre.

Climbing routes and up-to-date information

For routes and more information, check out the Northumbrian Climbing Guide

Code of conduct


  • Park on one side of the road only to allow access by agricultural vehicles
  • Leave plenty of room, make sure your wheels are off the tarmac
  • Don’ t obstruct gates by parking in or opposite them.


  • Always close gates after you. Climbing has been banned from one crag because of this.

Climbing Crags in Open Country

You have a legal right to climb on crags on Countryside Rights of Way (CRoW) land and to access them, except when restrictions are in place.

The rules concerning restrictions are quite complex. For example a Land Manager can apply for discretionary restrictions for up to 28 days a year, but not on these days:

  • Bank Holidays, Christmas Day or Good Friday
  • Saturdays between 1st June and 11th August
  • Sundays between 1st June and 30th September
  • More than four weekend days (Saturdays or Sundays or both) in any calendar year

Useful climbing links

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Planning in the National Park

Northumberland National Park Authority is the statutory Planning Authority for the area of the Northumberland National Park. View our planning pages here.