Hike to Simonside crags Rothbury Northumberland
For the first time in years I actually had a Saturday off work and it was glorious weather so I thought I would lace up the old hiking boots and get out into the hills.
So after a quick phone call to my bezzy mate Mark (yep that’s the same Mark that regularly writes guest posts on here) to ask if he wanted to join me, a super quick response of ” I’ll be there for 2 O’clock” and that was my afternoon sorted.
So we decided to have a run over to Rothbury and take a walk up Simoneside crags. Parking in the forest car park ( not the one out in the open) we set off up the trail to the immediate left. It is fairly easy going at this point but as you enter into the denser part of the forest you start to climb, you also have to really pick your foot steps here because there are a lot of exposed roots and it would be easy to catch one and fall.
Once you are up the first climb you come to the forestry commission access road, here you turn left. This part is really quite easy as it is a steady climb for maybe a mile or so.
You can also see Simonside on you left all the way up.
Once you get to the highest part of the road there are 3 benches so you can take a well earned rest and sample the views.
Now if your feeling brave you can turn off the track and head up the Simonside crags. I wasn’t to sure about doing it as I had my dog Bailey with me, going up isn’t a problem but when your trying to gently make your way down the steep and treacherous crags a 6 stone bundle of fun pulling you down at his pace is not great.
Never the less I had come this far so I was going up.
It is pretty hard going scrambling up the crags but well worth it for the view once your up there.
The view from here is breath taking you can easily see the Alcan blast furnace on the Northumberland coast near Ashington (about an hours drive) and to the North the Cheviot hills are in plain sight.
As we made are descent we heard the loudest bang, like thunder only 10 times more powerful, a split second later the whole hillside shook like an earthquake. This sent Bailey into a frenzy and of course we were a bit taken back.
We still don’t know what it was but decided it must have been a sonic boom from the near by Otturburn ranges.
Did any one else hear or feel this? It is quite a strange thing to experience I can tell you.
After a short break for a drink and an energy bar we headed back of down the hillside.
All in I think it probably took about an hour and a half to walk but might have been quicker if it wasn’t for Bailey stopping for a sniff every two minutes along the way.
I can definitely recommend this walk if are looking for a short venture into the countryside.
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