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Issacs Tea Trail - Part 4 - Alston to Ninebanks

  • Distance: 10 miles
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Your Guide:
  • Maximum number of places per day: 17
  • Price Per Person: £16.00

walk notes

After meeting at Ninebanks there will be a short transfer to Alston (included in the price).

You will be guided up the Ayle Burn, passing Moscow.

You will then cross White Hill, Keirsley Roaw and Peatr Gap before crossing River West Allen at Spartywell as you are guided back to Ninebanks.

Isaac's Tea Trail is named after Isaac Holden, an itinerant tea seller and local philanthropist. Isaac was a lead miner, who was forced to find another livelihood, when he faced the twin blows of illness and the loss of work with the closure of the Mohope mine after a slump in the lead trade. His salvation came in a novel way as a door to door tea seller in the Allendale area. At the same time he also experienced a spiritual re-birth, and in common with other folk in the dales became a convert to Methodism, which by the 1800s had become "the religion of the dale".