Nenthead

Go up the steep hill past the cycle shop and the Miner’s Arms. After a bit of a lung-buster you are faced with two options: turn left for the Allenheads and Rookhope route, or carry on upwards and then downwards along the new Weardale Alternative, through Killhope, Weardale, St John’s Chapel, Westgate and, via a delightful little lane, to Stanhope. This route has the advantage of offering much in the way of accommodation, pubs and cafes, plus fewer hills. Over to you…