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.
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.
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 🙂
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.
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.
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.
Baldhiker meets BaldHotelier
Tweeting in front of the roasting fire in the lounge was a treat 😉 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!