Northumberland – Stepping Out From Rothbury

Northumberland – Stepping Out From Rothbury

I have just had a truly wonderful short hiking break in Rothbury, Northumberland. Did you know Northumberland National Park is the least visited of all in the UK? Maybe it is geography and location BUT… it should never have that title, it is a beautiful place! I myself will be returning many many more times, hiking for miles and miles… and miles. Well worth the journey and more.

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Even for this short stay I did not need the car once in Rothbury. Just stepping foot out of the hotel I was spoilt for choices. Woodland walk here, hill climb there, riverside walks abound. I chose to start with the hill walk up Simonside, it looked so appealing from the hotel window.

Within a mile you are out in the green green fields, old trees scattered amongst the landscapes and fields. Your head is spinning in all directions looking at beautiful variety in each direction. Looking back Rothbury sits in the hidden valley urging you on.

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The walk then passes into a forest, greens, browns, yellows of autumn stood out. The silence of being away from it all had really taken over. I was in my element. Hiking along with a smile in the blue skies icon smile Northumberland   Stepping Out From Rothbury

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Suddenly the trees make way for the peak of Simonside. The rocks pointing the way and when you reach the top you can be sure of a 360 degree sight of delight. Miles and miles of green, even in late October. Nature as far as the eye can see. All the better for future exploration. Even this top brings choices, but nice choices. Paths enticing you along crags, through heather or to viewpoints to ponder the world from. My head was cleared.

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It was unfortunately time to wander back round and down. Always an option to make the walk circular and make it double enjoyable. The charm of Rothbury ahoy.

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Back to comfort, and darn great comfort it was. Linhope House is a gorgeous converted Edwardian terraced townhouse. 5 star accommodation, with all the comforts you can wish for. The hospitality is unbelievably great, I cannot stress this enough. You are made to feel totally relaxed in no time at all once stepping inside.

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Baldhiker meets BaldHotelier

Tweeting in front of the roasting fire in the lounge was a treat icon wink Northumberland   Stepping Out From Rothbury The breakfast? Oh my yes the breakfast. 100% locally produced meats for Northumberland sausage, black pudding and bacon to compliment the english breakfast for a good days hiking…. Perfect!

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4 Responses to "Northumberland – Stepping Out From Rothbury"

  1. Paul Steele  December 29, 2011 at 00:53

    Great plan! Great thoughts

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  2. Neil Hutchinson  December 28, 2011 at 11:50

    Shhh! Don't tell everyone!

    My wife and I live in Newcastle upon Tyne and plan to retire (early and soon!) to Rothbury, precisely because of features identified by you.
    We love the walks, the scenery, the quiet – and the ability to survive in the countryside without a car (a choice I made a long time ago)

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  3. Dave C  November 3, 2011 at 11:19

    Glad you enjoyed the Country's best kept secret. I live not far from Rothbury and count myself very fortunate every day.

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  4. Ness  November 2, 2011 at 17:08

    Fabulous photos and so pleased to see someone discovering and enjoying the wonderful countryside we have here in Northumberland. I live in South Northumberland and must admit that even the majority of Northumbrians either do not realise the beauty that is on their doorstep or simply don't take advantage of it. However I am not one of them ;-) Rothbury, Wooler and the the surrounding areas are truly magnificent and should be enjoyed by all.

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