Christmas Walk (Simonside) – Dec 2023


Date: Saturday 9 December 2023
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 8th 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)
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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.

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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.

After the walk

Last year after the walk we visited Bewicks for a Christmas meal.  It was a fantastic end to the day and the food was incredible.  Spaces are limited so please let us know if you want to join us.

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 7UP
OS Grid Reference: NU 05733 01681
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Parking: Parking is on the streets near to Bewicks.
Toilets: The public toilets in Rothbury on Bridge Street.