Ancient cairns mark the summit of the ridge. Below, in the forest, there is a Bronze Age cemetery and swords from this era, unmarked by fighting, have been found on the lower slopes of Simonside. Below the ridge lies Lordenshaws hillfort. The beacon of Simonside was used to warn of a Scots invasion during Tudor times.
This distinctive ridge, with its craggy profile, stands guard above Rothbury.
A walk along the Simonside Hills must not be missed. From the top, you have a 360 degree view encompassing the Cheviot Hills and North Sea coastline.
As a Special Area of Conservation, it teems with wildlife such as the curlew, red grouse, wild goats, and even red squirrels in the forest below.
What’s on offer
Walks, birdwatching, wildlife, historical sites.
Car: Take A1 and A697 to B6344 in Northumberland. Take the exit toward Pauperhaugh from A697.