Whilst staying in Allenheads Lodge there’s plenty to do in the surrounding areas, here’s our top 10 must do’s when staying at Allenheads!
Number One – Visit Hadrian’s Wall
Situated just 40 minutes away from Allenheads Lodge, Hadrian’s Wall is a must visit. Hadrian’s Wall was the North-West frontier of the Roman Empire for nearly 300 years, and at 73 miles long it marches across Northern Britain from Sea to Sea. Made a World Heritage Site in 1987, Hadrian’s Wall makes an excellent visit where you can explore ruined forts, museums and even a Roman Town!
Number Two – Hexham Town and Market
Voted England’s favourite market town and situated less than half an hour from Allenheads Lodge, Hexham’s popular weekly market is a must visit! Offering everything from locally baked goods to handmade gift, you’re sure to find something! The market runs every Tuesday from 9am-4pm in Hexham Town Centre.
There’s also the twice monthly Farmers Market offering locally produced ingredients, meat and vegetables. The Farmers Market takes place on the second and fourth Saturday of each month.
Number Three – Killhope Lead Mine
If you’re looking for somewhere different to go for a day out, take the family to Killhope Lead Mining Museum, an industrial museum near the village of Cowshill. Located just a 12 minute drive from Allenheads, Killhope Museum allows you to explore the dark underground world of a lead miner, and experience life as a washer boy! There’s also breath-taking scenery and lots of wildlife, plus there’s a café offering home baked goods!
Currently closed for winter, Killhope Lead Mine will reopen on 1st April 2019.
Number Four – Allendale Pub Crawl
Allendale Village is just a 15 minute bus ride away, and is a town packed full of cosy pubs, making it the perfect location for a pub crawl. Make sure you visit The Allendale Inn, The Kings Head and The Golden Lion, all cosy pubs that are perfect for a pint by the roaring fire!
Number Five – Weardale
If you’re wanting to take in the scenery on a long walk whilst staying at Allenheads Lodge, Weardale is a must visit! Just 20 minutes away from Allenheads, the dale or valley of Weardale is situated on the east side of the Pennines in County Durham.
Large parts of Weardale fall within the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – the second largest in England and Wales. Surrounded by high fells and heather grouse moors, Weardale is the perfect countryside escape.
Number Six – High Force
One of the most spectacular waterfalls in England, High Force is a fantastic day out for all the family. Situated on the River Tees, High Force is within the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and European Geopark. Leading up to the waterfall is a peaceful and pretty woodland walk, ideal if you want to tire the dog, or the kids out!
High Force is open daily 10am-5pm (4pm in Winter), and has a car park and toilets. Admission to High Force is £1.50 (adults 16+) and 50p (children 5-15)
Number Seven – The Lake District
Just an hours drive away from Allenheads Lodge is England’s largest National Park, The Lake District. Home to areas such as Keswick and Windermere which make for fantastic visiting, The Lake District is also home to Scafell Pike – its highest mountain, and Wastwater – its deepest lake. The World of Beatrix Potter is in Windermere, and there’s also Lake Cruises on Windermere lake. Keswick is home to the Pencil museum, which is great for kids!
Number Eight – Eden Valley
What some would describe as a hidden little secret, The Eden Valley lays within the Pennines and the Lake District and is a landscape of meadows and lush green countryside, offering the perfect choice of destination for a peaceful walk. Featured on Channel 5 and ITV1, Eden Valley has been tipped one of the best walks with a view and is well worth a visit.
Number Nine – Kielder
A little further away coming in at a one hour and 30 minute drives lies the beautiful Kielder Water and Forest Park. Perfect for all the family, Kielder offers nature on a huge scale! Kielder is home to the biggest man-made lake in Northern Europe and the largest working forest in England. Start at one of the three visitor centres and spend a day discovering what Kielder has to offer. Plus, you can book on to one of the special Kielder Observatory night events and gaze at the stars!
Number Ten – Alston Town
The highest market town in England, Alston is nestled away in the Pennine landscape laying within the Eden district of Cumbria. Cobbled streets and distinctive stone buildings that date back to the 17th century make Alston a beautiful town to visit. A busy town with local, cosy pubs, Alston has a great reputation for making delicious local specialities such as Cumberland Mustard and Alston Cheese!