Christmas Walk (Simonside) – Dec 2022


Date: Saturday 10 December 2022
Time:  10:00 am
Distance: 8 miles
Difficulty: Difficult (hills)

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Christmas Walk (Simonside)

The Christmas Walk is always our last walk of the year and a particular highlight.  This year the walk will mark the 5th anniversary of starting Strolls with Poles.

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Hills: General - AscentKey2-98x27 Significant hills
Distance: General - DistanceKey1-98x27 Medium distance
Grade: General - GradeKey2-98x27 Moderate (Hills)
Map: General - OL42-KielderWaterForest-Map-thumb
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The start

We will set off from Rothbury towards Whittondean, following a route up to Lordenshaws.  Before long we are treated to great views over Rothbury.  The low sun makes the view even more dramatic.

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Close to Lordenshaws, there are examples of ancient cup and ring markings.  Lordenshaws car park is the usual start for a walk up Simonside, but the walk wouldn’t take long from here, hence the reason we start from Rothbury.  From Lordenshaws, we take the main path up the side of Simonside.  The first high point we reach is the Beacon.  There is a long flat section to the base of Dove Crag.

All that remains here is the short walk up to Dove Crag.  This is where the decorated tree is.  Unfortunately, the original tree was deemed not to be native and was removed.  However, a very ingenious person brought a replacement tree up last year.

Putting the Christmas into the Christmas Walk

At the tree we will enjoy homemade Mulled Wine, mince pies and hot chocolate, and maybe even sing some carols.  There might even be a light dusting of snow, if we are very lucky.  This is the Christmas Walk after all.  Please feel free to bring something to share with the group.

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The way back

The return is via the wood and Whitton Hillhead farm, before joining the path we took earlier, to walk back to the car park.

We hope you can join us.

Julie and Martin x

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This shows the start location for this walk.

Nearest postcode: NE65 7SH
OS Grid Reference: NU 05720 01513
What3Words: ///cowboys.scoop.nets
Parking: Parking is in Cowhaugh car park.  This is a free car park.  Go over the road bridge from Rothbury Centre and turn immediately right. The car park is on the right by the river.
Toilets: There are public toilets in Rothbury. Cross the footbridge over the river, turn right and walk to the road bridge. Take the path up to the road and go straight ahead along the road. The toilets area is on the left.