Forests of Rothbury

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Explore the Forests of Rothbury, a collection of woodlands in the north east of Northumberland

From the distinctive table-top profile of Simonside in the south, to Wooler Common adjacent to Wooler town in the north of the area, the Forests of Rothbury are not short of stunning views in some of the most iconic Northumberland landscapes.

With six main sites to choose from, the Forests of Rothbury provide beautiful forested walks but also wild moorland, spectacular crag top views and important archaeological sites.

Start exploring the forests today by following the links.

The Forests of Rothbury

  • Hepburn Wood - broad, sweeping vistas and peaceful landscapes
  • Holystone Wood - tranquil broadleaved woodland with waterfalls and crags
  • Simonside - discover stunning panoramic views across Northumberland
  • Thrunton Wood - explore exhilarating trails across open moorland
  • Wooler Common Woodland Park - wild and beautiful area with open access and public footpaths
  • Harwood - one of the north of England's red squirrel reserves located to the south of Simonside


Things to do

Enjoy a tasty treat in the forest at one of our beautiful picnic areas located at each site at Rothbury. Just bring along good food and company!

To prevent forest fires and reduce waste, please do not bring any barbecues into our forests.

The Forests of Rothbury:

Hepburn WoodHolystone WoodSimonsideThrunton WoodWooler Common Woodland Park
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