A walk of two different Lead Mining areas on either side of the moorland.
Museum and cafe at start, finish and part way around.
Excellent views across Northumberland, Cumbria and County Durham from the top of the moors.
Endangered birds breed on the moorland so please keep to the paths and dogs must be on a lead at all times.
Due to the lack of use of the path and no signage ability to use map and compass in poor visibility is essential.
parts of this walk will be boggy even in dry weather
Start in the historic centre of the Allenheads Lead Mine Yard then visit the Heritage Centre before starting your walk.
The route will take you through the edge of the village passing the old blacksmith's forge before entering farmland dotted with disused buildings that long to tell a story of their better times. Then a gradual ascent to the moors above the East Allen Valley where you will be on the watershed of two of the area's mighty rivers. To the north, the East Allen and neighbouring West Allen meander down to joining the South Tyne River, whereas to the south Killhope Burn joins the young River Wear as it begins its own descent to the sea at Sunderland. Looking slightly further west and south the valley of the River Tees will also be seen starting on the slopes of Cross Fell.
Descending into the Killhope valley you will see the museum, which is well worth a visit to see how hard life must have been when it was in full production. Then gradually rising back onto the moors along another very seldom used path before descending along the road back into Allenheads. depending on the time of day further refreshments can be taken at either The Hemmel Cafe or The Allenheads Inn.
Safety informationIn poor weather the ability to be able to use a map and compass is essential.
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EquipmentMap and compass, essential for inclement weather