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Tyne & Wear Heritage Trail - Section Five

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Attachment(s) Date walked: 17/02/2020
Distance: 13.5km
Ascent: 322m
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Isaac's Tea Trail - Section One

Date walked: 08/02/2020

Time taken: 5 hours

Distance: 20km

Ascent: 689m


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With storm Ciara on her way, and warnings galore, I thought I'd take myself on a fairly low-level wander this weekend, and when a friend revealed she was off to Allendale for the day, it didn't take me long to ask for a lift :lol: Time to tackle the first section of the intriguingly named 'Isaac's Tea Trail'. I'd seen the path and indeed the name on my OS maps whenever I'd been up this way to bag Hewitts, but had never bothered to find out what it was all about. Turns out the tea trail is a well-trodden 36-mile circular walk, following in the footsteps of 19th-century miner, turned itinerant tea-seller and local philanthropist, Isaac Holden.

From Allendale Town it was off along the path running beside the River East Allen, and though the wind was already whipping-up, the weather was pleasant, sunny, and quite warm. The path winds its way up and down gentle slopes and between farms (presumably Isaac's customers) before eventually rising onto the wild and windswept Allendale Common.

ImageIsaac’s Tea Trail - Section One by Christopher Watson, on Flickr

ImageIsaac’s Tea Trail - Section One by Christopher Watson, on Flickr

ImageIsaac’s Tea Trail - Section One by Christopher Watson, on Flickr

ImageIsaac’s Tea Trail - Section One by Christopher Watson, on Flickr

As part of my project to tick-off every hill on my 'local' maps, I left the path and traipsed over the moor to reach the Subdodd that is Knockshield Moor, before returning pretty much the same way to rejoin the tea trail. A more pleasant (?) route would have been to continue across the moor to Blackway Head and Scum Hill ( :lol: ) but I wanted to make sure I'd not missed any of the Tea Trail route (pedant) so I rejoined near Nan Davison's Cleugh, and continued on my way. The weather became a lot more interesting, and for the rest of the walk I found myself leaning into the wind, all layers on. The trail passes under The Dodd, and I recalled a similar time last year when I was up here to bag a few Hewitts - the conditions (and boggy ground) were considerably worse back then, so I had little to complain about today.

ImageIsaac’s Tea Trail - Section One by Christopher Watson, on Flickr

ImageIsaac’s Tea Trail - Section One by Christopher Watson, on Flickr

ImageIsaac’s Tea Trail - Section One by Christopher Watson, on Flickr

Once past the fence-line that runs up to The Dodd, the Tea Trail descends roughly into Nenthead, the end of this first stage. Next time we're looking at poor weather and a free afternoon, I'll pop back over here and take-up the path again, from Nenthead to Alston. When I look at my maps of this part of the North Pennines, it's satisfying to see a good number of the Hewitts climbed, most of the little hills ticked-off, and perhaps best of all, many of them joined by lots of lower-level walks. There's nothing better than feeling like I've 'got to know' an upland area fairly intimately, and it was nice to toast the day with a cup of tea in Nenthead :lol:

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Tyne & Wear Heritage Trail - Section One

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Attachment(s) Date walked: 04/02/2020
Distance: 12.7km
Ascent: 257m
Views: 1


Exploring The Derwent Valley Walk and the Waskerley Way

Attachment(s) Date walked: 26/01/2020
Distance: 27km
Ascent: 653m
Views: 76


The Dun Rig Horsehoe - Sort Of...

Attachment(s) Grahams: Dun Rig
Donalds: Birkscairn Hill, Black Law, Dun Rig, Glenrath Heights, Middle Hill, Stob Law
Date walked: 19/01/2020
Distance: 40km
Ascent: 1541m
Comments: 2
Views: 320


A String of Donalds from Drumelzier

Attachment(s) Donalds: Dollar Law, Drumelzier Law, Greenside Law, Middle Hill, Pykestone Hill
Date walked: 18/01/2020
Distance: 32km
Ascent: 1708m
Views: 141


A Wild Wander on Windy Gyle

Attachment(s) Donalds: Windy Gyle
Date walked: 11/01/2020
Distance: 13.8km
Ascent: 518m
Views: 110


Fleetwith Pike, Brandreth, Grey Knotts

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Attachment(s) Wainwrights: Brandreth, Fleetwith Pike, Grey Knotts
Hewitts: Brandreth, Fleetwith Pike
Date walked: 02/01/2020
Distance: 16km
Ascent: 866m
Views: 25


New Year's Day in the Western Fells

Attachment(s) Wainwrights: Gavel Fell, Great Borne, Hen Comb, Mellbreak, Red Pike (Buttermere), Starling Dodd
Hewitts: Great Borne, Red Pike (Buttermere), Starling Dodd
Date walked: 01/01/2020
Distance: 23km
Ascent: 1599m
Comments: 2
Views: 169


Last Walk of the Year - Buttermere, at Last!

Attachment(s) Wainwrights: Dale Head, Hindscarth, Robinson
Hewitts: Dale Head, Hindscarth, Robinson
Date walked: 31/12/2019
Distance: 11.4km
Ascent: 928m
Comments: 6
Views: 251

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Location: Gateshead
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Activity: Walker
Mountain: Cir Mhor
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Munros: 10
Corbetts: 16
Grahams: 28
Donalds: 74
Wainwrights: 103
Hewitts: 101
Sub 2000: 70
Islands: 25
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Statistics

2020

Trips: 9
Distance: 198 km
Ascent: 8153m
Grahams: 1
Donalds: 12
Hewitts: 5
Wainwrights 9

2019

Trips: 56
Distance: 1011.64 km
Ascent: 45721m
Munros: 4
Corbetts: 5
Grahams: 12
Donalds: 35
Sub2000s: 6
Hewitts: 50
Wainwrights 51

2018

Trips: 34
Distance: 613.54 km
Ascent: 24905m
Munros: 1
Corbetts: 4
Grahams: 2
Donalds: 3
Sub2000s: 5
Hewitts: 16
Wainwrights 17

2017

Trips: 12
Distance: 279.6 km
Ascent: 5709m
Sub2000s: 1

2016

Trips: 2
Distance: 27 km
Ascent: 772m


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