Simonside in Winter Guided Walk

Event date:
1st January 2022
Rothbury Riverside Car Park (south)

Following extensive damage caused by Storm Arwen we have taken the decision to cancel all guided walks in January and February.

Please stay away from woodland areas at this time and follow Northumberland National Park Authority on social media for updates. If visitors or the local community would like to report an issue on a right of way within the National Park, please contact

Further information can be found on the Forestry England website and on the Northumberland County Council Public Rights of Way page.

Start the New Year by following the Coquet westward before enjoying a lofty walk along the Simonside Ridge.

From Rothbury we follow the river westwards before climbing steadily to Great Tosson and it's ruined Bastle. Entering the forest area, we continue the climb to the foot of Simonside. An ascent of the "staircase" takes us onto the Simonside Ridge where we enjoy a spectacular walk with superb views.

Descending to Lordenshaws, we continue through moor and farmland with views over Rothbury before dropping down to our starting point.

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Everything you need to know

Duration: 4 hours

Distance: 7.5 miles

Category: Strenuous

Starting point (please meet here approx 10 minutes before the start time): Rothbury Riverside Car Park (south)

Grid Ref: NU 057 015

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The car park is on the south side of the river in Rothbury with the entrance about 100m west of the bridge.

For those wishing to use GPS/Sat-Nav to find walk start points please note that, particularly in open-country, postcodes cover a large area, so, whilst the postcode will get you to the right general area, you will still need to follow the detailed directions to locate the actual Walk Start Point.

Covid Security Measures and Booking Terms

Northumberland National Park operates our events in accordance with current government guidelines and our own strict and extensive risk assessments, in order to deliver an activities programme in a Covid-Secure manner.

We recommend familiarising yourself with our existing Booking Terms. Furthermore, we would like to draw your attention to the following conditions for all participants:

  • Please do not attend an event if you or any members of your household, are currently showing symptoms of Coronavirus: Fever, Continuous Cough, Loss of Taste/Smell.
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