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Two Chimneys and A Chapel, Allendale

Two Chimneys and A Chapel, Allendale

Mon 29th April 2013

We met in the market place at Allendale as the sun started to shine and the cold morning air began to warm.

Actually it was raining and seemed to have returned to winter again but never mind as the group seemed up for a decent walk whatever the weather was doing.

Off we stroud at a fair lick.  We did ease the pace just enough to stop at points of interest on our climb up to the high point on Dryburn moor including the entrance to the Blacket level mine and the site of the Allen smelt mill. It was here that despite the really interesting industrial history we discussed the Allendale brewery beer (on the way into the site), the availability of tea and nice cakes (at the teashop on site) and on the way out the Allendale brewery again.

Having reached the top of the moor we appreciated what the view should look like on a nice day and that the best place to view the skill of the chimney builders was to get inside it out of the wind and rain.

Crossing into the West Allen valley we speculated on the accuracy of the weather forecast via the phone. The phone said the sun should come out at 12.00 and it did (well almost).

Feeling the benefit of a lessening of the wind and rain we continued on to a lunch stop at the Keenley Methodist Chapel (the oldest, working Chapel in the world etc etc).

Now on the home run along the banks of the Allen we negotiated a wee 'bad step' in the path. Someone helpfully suggested that if Paul the guide fell in the river he should make sure his Shepherds Walks uniform doesn't get wet!

Arriving back at the smelt mill we naturally fell into the tea shop before the last short leg back into Allendale village.

Posted By: Julie Barnett and Martin Ainscow | Mon 29th April 2013

This was a brilliant walk in a different area. Paul was an excellent leader, his information was very interesting and witty and he didn't waffle and keep us standing around although I think this may have had a lot to do with the weather.

It was a small group but everyone knew someone there from other Shepherds Walks walks and events so the chatting and the lively banter started very early on. Paul showed everyone on the map our route and told us about the hills (woohoo NOT) and boggy parts (very boggy) and where we would be stopping for a break (woohoo).

And last but not least the Tea shop was fantastic as can be seen by the pieces of cake eaten by both me and Martin.

And in good Shepherds walks style. The walk was 12.5 miles instead of 11 miles. Thanks everyone.

Posted By: Martin Ainscow | Mon 29th April 2013

An interesting and enjoyable day out, if a little wet and windy in the morning.There were a lot of interesting things to see on the way. Following the lead smelting flue up from Allendale to the chimneys on the moor was of particular interest to me. I'm always amazed at the huge feats of civil engineering that were accomplished with relatively crude tools. Even with the weather we got a chance to take a close look at the flue itself.The lunch stop in the grounds of the oldest working methodist chapel was lovely. Very quiet and peaceful with nothing to disturb our lunch.Throughout the walk Paul (the guide) explained each section of the walk and provided directions, allowing us to go at our own pace. He pointed out the interesting parts of the walk especially the tea shop near the end.I'd definitely do this walk again.

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