Isaacs Tea Trail is a 36 mile walk which takes in a number of Independent Hostels and bunkhouses providing accommodation in Alston, Ninebanks, Allendale, Carrshield and Nentsbury. Isaac Holden lived down the road from Ninebanks Hostel and travelled the area selling tea and raising funds for good causes including the local village school and a hearse house to look after people at both ends of their lives. Walk this trail yourself to discover glorious dales and wild moors with stunning views across the North Pennines and enjoy a welcome at one of the hostels providing accommodation on the trail.
Accommodation on Isaac's Tea Trail
Orchard House, Mohope, Hexham, Northumberland NE47 8DQBook a bed, a room, a chalet room or the whole hostel. Ninebanks 4* Hostel, in stunning rural Northumberland, has en-suite bedrooms, a sitting room with log-burner and a spacious dining room. In the chalet are two high quality studio rooms, fully self-contained and separate from the hostel. Dogs welcome with prior notice for sole use or in the chalet. In the North Pennines close to Hadrian’s Wall and on Isaac’s Tea Trail.
Near Blue Row Cottages, Carrshield, Hexham, NE47 8ARSurrounded by the fells & valleys of the North Pennines, Carrshield Camping Barn offers basic accommodation for 18 across 3 rooms, each with a wood-burner and a wooden sleeping platform. There’s a separate cooking area & a composting WC. BYO stove, utensils & sleeping bag/mat. Perfectly located it’s on the Isaac’s Tea Trail, C2C cycle route and close to a number of mountain bike routes. Camping may be available.
Market Place, Allendale, Hexham, NE47 9BDThe Allendale Bunkhouse sits on the Market Square overlooking the hustle and bustle of this small country town, the fells & River East Allen beyond. An oasis for walkers, cyclists, horse riders, families, groups of friends and youth & school groups alike. Book a bunk, a room, a floor (up to 18) or the whole bunkhouse (up to 39). Allendale is well served with tea rooms, the Forge art gallery & café, a quirky gift shop, pharmacy, and three wonderful country pubs, all serving food and family & dog friendly.
Haggs Bank Bunkhouse, Nentsbury, Alston, Cumbria, CA9 3LH
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Northumberland Adventure Centre, Deneholme, Allendale, Hexham, Northumberland, NE47 9PXOn the edge of Allendale, in the North Pennines AONB, Deneholme hostel & outdoor activity centre accommodates groups of 14-40. Perfect for schools, clubs, family reunions & weddings. Stag/hen groups are welcome. Self cater or catered. This impressive Edwardian country house set in expansive lawns and 5 acres of steep woodland has 11 bedrooms and plenty of communal areas, some large enough for 40+ guests to dine/celebrate together.
Firs Edge, The Firs, Alston, Cumbria, CA9 3RW
Accommodation near Isaac’s Tea Trail
Isaacs Tea Trail is a 36 mile walk which takes in a number of Independent Hostels and bunkhouses providing accommodation in Alston, Ninebanks, Allendale, Carrshield, and Nentsbury. Isaac Holden lived down the road from Ninebanks Hostel and travelled the area selling tea and raising funds for good causes including the local village school and a hearse house to look after people at both ends of their lives. Isaac began life as a lead miner and took to selling tea when his health deteriorated. Walk this trail yourself to tread in Isaac’s steps and discover glorious dales and wild moors with stunning views across the North Pennines and enjoy a welcome at the hostels providing accommodation on the trail.
The trail is divided into 4 main sections with an independent hostel, bunkhouse or camping barn at the end of each of them. Allow between 2-4 days depending on how relaxed you want to be.
- Allendale Bunkhouse to Carrshield Camping Barn (near Carshield) or Haggs Bank Bunkhouse (Nentsbury). Follows the East Allen valley upstream and gently climbs the Black Way to the high heather moors
- Carrshield Camping Barn or Haggs Bank Bunkhouse to Alston Youth Hostel in Alston – Alternates between the fell side and waterfalls.
- Alston Youth Hostel to Ninebanks Youth Hostel and Chalet. – Follows the Pennine Way before crossing the River South Tyne and climbing the valley of the Ayle Burn into the West Allen
- Ninebanks Youth Hostel and Chalet to Allendale Bunkhouse. – Crosses the watershed from the West Allen to the East Allen through a mixture of rough pasture, meadows and woodlands with a riverside walk into Allendale.
Details of the route can be found on the LDWA website.