Isaacs Tea Trail - Nenthead to Alston
Wed 8th October 2014
Leaving sunny Rothbury the clouds gradually built up as Mike Headed South and by the time he parked up at Alston there was definitely dampness in the air. By the time we reached Nenthead it was a steady mizzle which soon passed but set the pattern for a while to come.
Once more lots of little fields meant lots of styles to cross. Other coming across a heard of Alpacc’s and the modal village that had been built in some ones garden it was a walk that passed in passing showers of mizzle until lunch time then heavy rain then back to the light drizzle.
On reaching Alston the facilities were put to good use. The next part was a circular walk north along a minor road were we joined Isaac’s Tea Trail at Randalholme then on to Underbank have crossed in to Northumberland somewhere along the way. We crossed the River South Tyne at Kirkhaugh Station and joined here Isaac’s Tea Trail follows the same route as the Pennine Way.
We now walk south on the firstonly stretch of open fell past Whitley Roman Fort and down to the Gilderdale Burn and back into Cumberland. After another 1 km or so we descend into low land pasture and were back into the small fields and styles again. Fortunately before to long we were on the outskirts of Alston and quickly arrived back at the cars.