A varied walk with beautiful, wooded riverside, to open moorland without paths.
Amazing views across the North Pennines and over Northumberland into southern Scotland
Can be boggy in places, even in dry weather.
Ability to read map and compass necessary in poor visibility
The route will take you along the beautiful upper reaches of the East Allen River where Grey and Yellow Wagtails along with Dippers can be spotted on the rocks along the riverbed. The trees being alive with the sound of Blackbirds, Blue Tits and various Warblers. Then as you progress upwards on to the moorland the Sky Larks, Curlews and Snipe will be seen and heard, soaring overhead Buzzards, Red Kite and Hen Harriers with the occasional appearance of Peregrines.
The walk starts in what was the centre of the industrial part of Allenheads, now a quiet Pennine village, where once there were hundreds if not thousands of people lived and worked, now just a hundred or so. Surrounding the village are fields and higher still the open moorland, the lush grass made that way from the lime that was put on the ground to improve its agricultural quality, hence the number of lime kilns found in the area.
The higher reaches of the walk over the top of Killhope Law can be a challenge as there is no public footpaths to follow, just your ability to use a map and compass, especially in poor visibility.
ParkingFree car parking at Allenheads Mine Yard Car Park
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EquipmentMap and compass on poor weather visibility