Simonside and Fontburn Reservoir

15km Rothbury Northumberland

Simonside and Fontburn Reservoir

Rothbury, Northumberland

Summary - A 15km hike around the Simonside area visiting Fontburn Reservoir.

Distance - 15km (9 miles)

Ascent - 334m

Duration - Approx 4 hours

Terrain - Grassy tracks and stoney trails. All on permissive paths.

Parking - Park at the Lordenshaw car park. View Parking Map

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When you head up to Simonside, you'll find most people head straight up the hill and on towards Old Stell Crag. But there also lovely walks and views to be had if you skirt the hill and head south. 

Starting at Lordenshaw we head straight up the hill, but when the path forks, keep going straight onto St. Oswalds' Way.

Soak in the beautiful views as you get a different perspective of the Simonside Hills.

Meeting the corner of Harwood Forest, we head in and follow the path south for a little way.

Back out of the forest and we are greeted to our first view of Fontburn Reservoir. Looks a bit chilly this morning so wouldn't recommend a dip!

Then it's pretty much a flat route from here back to the car park using permissive paths through the heather.

A lovely 15km wander with only a little bit of climbing in the fresh and icy air!

Thanks to Phil Hawyes for this walk and the photos.

Where To Park For Simonside and Fontburn Reservoir

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55.283325, -1.918537
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Park at the Lordenshaw car park.

Simon Hawkins

Contributed by Simon Hawkins

Thanks for checking out this place on the Fabulous North! I do enjoy a wander out in to the countryside trying to find hidden gems that not many people know about. You can't beat a rogue Pele tower up a remote hill or a mysterious stone circle or a stunning waterfall secluded in a forest.

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