Isaac's Tea Trail is a 58 km (37 mile) circular route through the North Pennines AONB
, one of the most remote and unspoilt places in England. You can start anywhere along the route, and many choose to start in the picturesque village of Allendale
in the south of Northumberland.
Isaacs's tea trail was inspired by Isaac Holden (1805 - 1857), a former lead miner who became a tea seller as the drink grew in popularity in the mid 19th century. He used to walk for miles in the area delivering tea to remote farms and hamlets, as well as raising funds for local community projects. The tea trail links the villages of Allendale, Nenthead, Alston, and Ninebanks and can be covered in four or more stages, depending on the time you have available.
The Isaac's Tea Trail Way website
provides detailed information on the stages of this beautiful long distance walk.