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Sunday April 29th. Isaac's Tea Trail from Alston to Ninebanks

posted 11 Apr 2012, 13:54 by jenny rookes
A strenuous and rewarding walk from Alston to Ninebanks along Isaac's Tea Trail. 
Meet at the free car park of the South Tyne Steam Railway on the A686 in time for a 10.45 start. The walk is approximately 8 miles and begins by following the river towards Randalholme from where it begins its climb through woods and meadows, passing through unspoilt hamlets and historic houses  towards the open moors and a long, downhill walk to Ninebanks with extensive views over the whole of the West Allen valley. The walk gives insights into the  setting of Throssel within its historic and natural environment and has great views throughout. 
This is a linear walk and at least one car will have to be left at Ninebanks to drive walkers back to Alston.
Details :
Length, approximately 8 miles
Stiles - many and not all associated with gates so this walk is unfortunately not suitable for large dogs. There are also lambs and ground nesting birds so any dogs who do come will need to be kept under tight control.
Ascent : 1434 feet
Free parking at Alston Light Railway where there are toilets and a cafe.