The nation’s forests, car parks and essential facilities are open to you for local outdoor recreation and exercise - read our coronavirus guidance.
Visitor information
Opening hours
How to find us
Parking & prices
Facilities & access
Contact details

Opening hours

Access to the Forests of Rothbury and associated car parks can be made 24 hours a day.

How to find us

How to find us
Rothbury, Northumberland
Sat Nav Postcode: NE65 7PG
By Car

Hepburn Wood
A mile and a half south-east of the entrance to Chillingham Estate.

Holystone Wood
Holystone village is signposted from the B6341 (Elsdon to Rothbury road). The wood is 500 metres west of the village.

Simonside
Signposted from the B6342 (Rothbury to Scot’s Gap road).

Thrunton Wood
Thrunton is signposted from the A697, Newcastle to Coldstream road.

Wooler Common Woodland Park
Signposted opposite the Bus Station in Wooler Town Centre. The Common is one mile west of Wooler.

By Public Transport

Hepburn Wood
There is no bus service in the proximity of Hepburn Wood.

Holystone Wood
There is no bus service in the proximity of Holystone Wood.

Simonside
Bus number 416 connects Rothbury with Morpeth (both mainline rail station and buses to Newcastle). On Sundays and Bank Holidays, Northumbria buses run an additional service direct from Newcastle and Gateshead to Rothbury (number 508). Simonside is two miles to the south of Rothbury. To access the Hills on foot, follow the public footpaths from Rothbury via Whitton and Hillhead Lane, a distance of 2.5 miles (4km).

Thrunton Wood
There is no bus service to Thrunton Wood. However, a service runs every two hours from Alnwick to Wooler (number 473, IDM Travel) that stops in Whittingham, approximately 1.5 miles (2km) north of the wood. Access to the wood is on foot via ‘Whittingham Lane’.

Wooler Common Woodland Park
Wooler can be reached by a fifty minute bus journey from Alnwick (service number 473, IDM Travel). This service runs every two hours. A town bus service will take you within 400 metres of the Common at the edge of Wooler. The last part of the journey is undertaken on foot along the public road access on to the Common.

OS Grid Ref
NZ055995

55.3122416, -1.9097876

Parking and prices

All five sites have a free car park.

Facilities and access

All the forests have a car park, picnic site, information point and waymarked walks.

Picnic area

Contact details

Activities at Forests of Rothbury

Family shopping for Christmas trees
Real Christmas Trees at Rothbury
Group at picnic table
Picnics at Rothbury
Membership invitation - click to find out more about membership
Volunteer with us invitation - click to discover volunteer opportunities across England