Hiking challenge

MORPETH walkers will take on a challenging eight-mile stroll to Simonside this weekend.

Morpeth Footpaths Society will follow a route from Rothbury to Simonside, then back through woods and open country, along the Coquet.

The trek, which will be led by Helen Lisgo, is described as strenuous, with steps and a steep descent, but it does offer fantastic views.

It is expected to take around five hours to complete.

Participants should meet at the Rothbury riverside car park at 10am on Sunday.

For more information contact Secretary Sarah Howells on 01670 513757 or visit www.morpethfootpathssociety.org.uk