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Allenheads and Byerhope Bank Walk is a 5.3 mile loop trail located near Allenheads, Northumberland, England that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and bird watching.

Length 5.3 mi Elevation gain 1,013 ft Route type Loop
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A circular walk from the former lead mining community of Allenheads in Northumberland. The route explores the remaining traces of the mining industry and then climbs onto Byerhope Bank, striking out through the high moor. You will be sharing the moor with sheep as well as many ground nesting birds which the moor is specifically managed to protect. The return leg follows the course of the River East Allen, a pretty river through the valley bottom which flows over several rocky and stepped weirs. The route has several fairly steep climbs and descents and follows a mixture of quiet lanes, stone tracks and grass paths through the moor and alongside the river. The open moor is very exposed so ensure you have appropriate clothing with you. The riverside can be muddy and can also get a little overgrown in one section so long trousers and good boots are a must. Take care of any traffic along the quiet lanes. There are two stiles near the start of the walk, although these can be avoided by taking a small detour along a quiet lane. The other obstacles are a number of single gates plus two footbridges (which have a couple of steps up to them). You will be sharing most of the route with sheep so take care with dogs. The section of high moor is managed to protect ground nesting birds so dogs must be kept on a short, fixed lead along the public footpath on this outward stretch. There are public toilets within the Heritage Centre at the start of the walk and a cafe, The Hemmel Cafe, behind the centre. Approximate time 2.5 to 3 hours.

Allenheads is located in southern Northumberland, within the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The village is accessed via the B6295, between Allendale and Wearhead. There is limited parking in the village alongside the Heritage Centre, so it may be best to avoid peak times. Approximate post code NE47 9HJ.

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Catherine Mckeown
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Nicole Jansen
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This trail was good, easy to navigate, however dogs need to be kept on a lead for about 80% of it

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Amy Landless
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nice walk..starts off abit marshy in the beginning taking the first path of the road, but only lasts for 5 minutes, had it have rained recently would of been much wetter. In this case could have walked the road up though. lovely walk.

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Taran Cooke
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Michael Clarke
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Good walk though quite a bit of (quietish) road walking at the end. The second of the two stiles near the start is missing some rungs but still passable with care. Saw a red squirrel on the road out of Allenheads at the start.

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Keith Luke
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Chris Wannop
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