Seven mile Simonside circular walk, starting at Lordenshaws car park (GR053988), first across very boggy heather moorland ending with a short but steep climb to extensive views of Coquetdale with the Cheviots forming the skyline. Unlike us, everyone else sensibly walked along the ridge to Simonside and back.
Best of all were the sights and sounds of the Red Grouse as they suddenly sprang up from the heather, flying off with fast whirring wingbeats.
Their very distinctive call sounded like ’Go back! Go back! Go back’ as they flew fast and low above the heather.
Although a mostly clear day helped us appreciate the vast panorama from the top of Simonside, most of the lowland route, including Coquet Cairn and Spylaw, was unpleasantly boggy and rutted, definitely not like the promotional panorama below.
Having scrambled up Simonside Crag we were gratefully surprised to find the path slabbed most of the way back to the car park.
Although I couldn’t decide whether the slabs were natural or manufactured.
Hat and me at Forest Burn
Hat and Sue at Selby’s Cove