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 South Tyne and Allen Valleys

Allendale, lying at the heart of the Allen Valleys, is a former lead mining settlement. 

Allendale is the largest community in this part of the North Pennines and with its pubs, cafes, shops, Allendale Forge Studios art gallery and walking/cycling opportunities is well worth a visit! 

South Tyne Valley

The South Tyne Valley is a gloriously undiscovered place - the tumbling river fringed with ancient woods, leading the eye to the wide open moorland beyond. In the past the East and West Allen Valleys were amongst the busiest in the North Pennines, supporting a population almost ten times greater than today. Explore to your heart's content and discover for yourself the peacefulness which has replaced the industrial bustle of yesteryear in this now quiet corner of the North Pennines AONB.

Places to visit, things to do

Visit the Explore Allen Valleys portal to discover the amazing range of activities available across the AONB. At the heart of this site is an interactive map which will allow you to search by activity, interest and location.

Allendale is a great base to explore the Allen Valleys. If you come on New Year's Eve you'll witness the Tar Bar'ls Ceremony where people in costume parade through the streets with flaming tar barrels balanced on their heads!

Allendale Bakery  Sparty Lea ( 01434 685047). Bread making courses 

Allendale Forge Studios, Allendale (07837 733547). Centre for arts, crafts and media.

Allen Banks and Staward Gorge, National Trust (01434 344218) - Spectacular wooded gorge at Allen Banks. Relaxing waymarked woodland walks.

Allenheads - A peaceful village with a nature trail, cafe and pub as well as a chance to see the famous Armstrong water powered engine. Visit the Old Blacksmith's Shop and exhibition. 

South Tynedale Railway - Steam train rides along the gorgeous South Tyne Valley from Alston - why not take the train out and wander back along the South Tyne Trail?

The Garden Station, Langley - 01434 684391.

Greenhead Farmers’ Market

Isaac's Tea Trail - circular trail following in the footsteps of Isaac Holden.

Whitfield Village Pantry - Village shop and cafe selling household essrntials and local produce. Also sells a range of crafts and gifts produced by local artists. Free wifi. The pantry also hosts seasonal suppers. You can hire the pantry for private dining parties and also engage them for ourside catering. 01434 345709 and

Make - Recycled Craft Workshops - above the cafe at Whitfield Village Pantry. Browse for craft materials or join a weekly open workshop every Thursday.

Visit Northumberland - Discover things to do throughout Northumberland, all types of accommodation, where to eat, special offers and itineraries.

This is Northumberland - Online tourism and travel magazine for Northumberland, Newcastle/Gateshead and the Borders.

Allendale Bakery Cafe - 01434 618879, one mile NW of Allendale at Allen Mill.

Further afield

Hadrian's Wall Country

Northumberland National Park

Map showing the South Tyne & the Allen Valleys 
Allendale Chimney is an old smelt mill flue chimney - Allendale
Outside of The Garden Station
People buying locally made preserves at a farmers' market stall