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See breathtaking panoramic view from the top of mystical Simonside, one of the best in the North East of England

The Simonside Hills lie within Northumberland National Park on the northern-most edge of Harwood forest and have beckoned walkers for years because of their wild and rugged beauty. The range dominates the skyline forming a dramatic southern backdrop to the middle reaches of the River Coquet.

The climb up the hills to the top (430m) is rewarded with the whole panorama of the Cheviots to the north and from the top of Simonside itself, the whole Northumbrian coastline is revealed.

Mountain bikers and horse riders are also welcome here however, please note the unsurfaced tracks on the open moorland at the summit of Simonside are for walkers only.  

At a glance

  • Stunning viewpoint
  • 2 walking trails
  • Mountain biking
  • Horse riding


Things to do

Enjoy a tasty treat in the forest at Simonside. Just bring along good food and company!

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

There are two waymarked walks in the forest. The shortest is a one mile loop (green markers) through the stands of pine and larch which provide a backdrop to the car park. The...

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