Where we are
The row of cottages is 50 metres away from the East Allen river where you can see the salmon leaping in autumn. Isaac's Tea Trail passes along the river. There are walks to Allendale Town one way and up to the moors and “The Chimneys” the other way. Across the bridge, 50 metres away, is the Allenmill Smelt Mill centre. This 'green' development site, based to preserve the lead mining industry heritage of the Allen Valleys. The site also includes the Coffee and Kuriosities, Allendale Brewery and The Spice Valley Indian restaurant. (No need to cook on your arrival day!)
Hexham is 20 minutes drive away and is a thriving Market town with Abbey, Gardens, a Farmer's market and a good variety of shops. Waitrose and Tesco will deliver food to the cottage.
20 minutes walk
Salmon leap here in October
East Allen walks
Across the Road at the Smelt Mill
5 Minutes by car or 20 minutes walk along the river will bring you to bustling Allendale. There is a very well equipped independent Coop, a local Butcher, Chemist, Post Office, several pubs and cafes. The Forge is the spot for local artists and there is a gallery and tea shop. Across the road there is a Sci-Fi Museum. The Tar Barls is celebrated every New Year's Eve .
The Kings Head and Golden Lion
Post Office and Newsagent
Stunning Landscape - The Allen Valleys - North Pennines
Allendale is in the North Pennines officially designated an Area of Outstanding Beauty and UNESCO European and Global Geopark. This special landscape has been shaped by millions of years of natural processes and centuries of mining and farming. It's a wonderful mix of open country, moor and dale. You can cycle or walk for mile upon mile and see more wildlife than human inhabitants. Wild life includes rarities such as the red squirrel. You can hear the call of the curlew and lapwing overhead, and possibly see a peregrine falcon or goshawk. Flora includes spring gentian and orchids. There are a growing number of hay meadows and hay walks.
The Tar Bar'ls
The annual occasion held on New Year’s Eve that has been celebrated for centuries. This wonderful tradition involves 45 local men carrying burning whiskey barrels through the town.