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The Simonside hills

A strenuous walk (low hills and fells (below 600m)) in national park Northumberland in Northumberland, England, about 21.30km (13.24 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 7:15h. It is suitable for families with children, but unsuitable for prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Gain 365m (1197ft)
Loss 369m (1210ft)
Max. Elevation 430m (1410ft)
Elevation (total) 734m (2407ft)
Start & End
Rothbury
Distance 21.30km
(13.24mi)
Duration ~7:15
Difficulty  
Strenuous
Created by Anonymous Walker on 30 Sep 2016
The Simonside hills are steeped in legend. Tales abound of fairy folk and little people in these hills. Even if you don't spot them, you can have a memorable day out striding the hills and enjoying some stunning Northumberland scenery. There are regular buses from Morpeth.

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Waypoints

OS Grid NU058018
Take the bus to Rothbury.
OS Grid NU059015
Cross the river at Bridge Street.
About 0.25 km (~0.16 miles) from
OS Grid NU058014
At the t-junction, pick up the St Oswald's Way.
About 0.16 km (~0.1 miles) from
OS Grid NU057010
Pass through Whitton on the edge of town.
About 0.38 km (~0.24 miles) from
OS Grid NU053000
The path heads into the countryside past Whittondean.
About 1.11 km (~0.69 miles) from
OS Grid NZ052992
Pass through the fort and settlement on Garleigh Moor.
About 0.82 km (~0.51 miles) from
OS Grid NZ050985
Just over the road, take the path on the right-hand side.
About 0.68 km (~0.42 miles) from
OS Grid NZ037985
This path takes you over the beautiful Simonside Hills, starting with Dove Crag.
About 1.32 km (~0.82 miles) from
OS Grid NZ024986
Continue over Simonside.
About 1.34 km (~0.83 miles) from
OS Grid NZ013990
Pass through the gap between the patches of woodland.
About 1.11 km (~0.69 miles) from
OS Grid NZ004982
Take the path over to Tosson Hill, the high point of the day at 440m.
About 1.19 km (~0.74 miles) from
OS Grid NY986973
Descend down to Whitefield Hill and take the track, heading northwest.
About 1.99 km (~1.24 miles) from
OS Grid NY979981
Continue past the cairn.
About 1.06 km (~0.66 miles) from
OS Grid NY987996
Drop into Coquetdale and take the track overlooking the river.
About 1.69 km (~1.05 miles) from
OS Grid NT995002
At Bickerton, drop down to the waterside.
About 1.00 km (~0.62 miles) from
OS Grid NU021015
At Ryehill, you can head into Thropton, where you can pick up the same bus that runs to Rothbury.
About 2.87 km (~1.78 miles) from
OS Grid NU034009
Otherwise, continue along to Summerville.
About 1.40 km (~0.87 miles) from
OS Grid NU042012
Cross the river and head into town.
About 0.90 km (~0.56 miles) from
OS Grid NU056015
Follow the river back into Rothbury.
About 1.38 km (~0.86 miles) from

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