Isaac’s Tea Trail

Is a long distance path of just over 36 miles, with an optional extension to Allenheads, inspired by the tale of Isaac Holden. Isaac was an itinerant tea seller who in Victorian times was a familiar figure on the rough tracks over Allendale Common and Alston moor, and celebrated local philanthropist who raised funds for, amongst other things, the school and hearse house in Ninebanks and the well in Allendale.  If you are thinking of walking the trail there is more information below the gallery.

Route maps and guides

Isaac’s Tea Trail leaflet

Leaflets and guidebooks are available from many outlets in the Allen Valleys, Alston Moor and Tyne Valley. Currently these include:

Hexham – Cogito and Waterstones

Corbridge – The Forum Bookshop

Allendale – The Coop, The Gift Shop, Post Office, Tea Rooms

Alston – South Tynedale Railway, Learning Links, Hi- Pennine Shop,

Haydon Bridge – Claire’s newsagents

Allenheads – Hemmel Cafe

Nenthead – Pennine Cycles

The guide can be purchased on-line here.  Otherwise orders can be made direct to Allenheads Trust Ltd, Heritage Centre, Allenheads, Hexham, NE47 9HN. Cheques for £7.00 made payable to Allenheads Trust Ltd to cover P + P.

An excellent and up-to-date guide to the history of the trail and details of diversions and path conditions is available here.


Click Here, for a list of accommodation options on, or near, Isaac’s Tea Trail.

Baggage transfer services

Brigantes Baggage transfer service currently covers Isaac’s Tea Trail. They can arrange the accommodation and daily baggage transfers on the route, and also offer the baggage transfers for those clients who have arranged their own accommodation.

The Brigantes Isaac’s Tea Trail page also has  a good route map and downloadable GPX files.

In the footsteps of Isaac

Click here for Anne Leuchars’ wonderful blog about walking the Tea Trail in all seasons.

BBC Radio 4 Ramblings

In January 2017 Clare Balding and her producer Lucy Lunt joined Roger Morris (the Trail’s originator), Anne Leuchars (who blogs and tweets for Isaac) and Andy Lees (North Pennines AONB Partnership) to walk a section of the trail between Keenley Methodist Chapel and Ninebanks Hearse House.  You can listen to the broadcast (first aired in March 2017) here.