Cycle Repairs

North Pennine Cycles, run by Dave Raeside, will repair, fine-tune or even replace your bike, should the rigours of the journey require. This excellent resource is now firmly established as one of the best in the north.

  • Fully Park Tool equipped, with a wide range of parts and accessories. (All major brands)
  • Cycle nutrition and energy drinks.
  • Rescue and call-out service with 3-bike rack.
  • Cycle hire including: Tandem and Electric Bikes!
  • Reasonable rates and fast action.
  • Cytech 2 qualified mechanic.

01434 381324
Nenthead, Cumbria CA9 3PF


About the village

Folk in both Nenthead and Allenheads – the next port of call – claim to live in England’s highest village. I would be interested to know definitively which is the higher. Either way, Nenthead is 500m above sea level and has a colder climate than Aberdeen. It does seem incredible that only 300 million years ago it was on the equator.

The village was purpose- built for mining in 1825 by the Quaker Lead Company. In addition to housing they provided a reading room, wash-house, public baths and a school for the 1500 employees in the Methodist stronghold. At weekends they ran smal holdings and this way of life lasted for more than 100 years. A decorative fountain in the middle of the vil age serves as a memorial to R.W.Bainbridge Esq, superintendent of the mine company.

Falling markets destroyed the community, with cheap imports leading to a collapse in prices, and many families emigrated to the USA and Australia at the end of the 19th century. Zinc mining continued until the 1940s and Nenthead Mines eventual y closed its last pit in 1961.

Places of Interest

The Nenthead Mines Heritage Centre is a must. They have brought to life the old workings on this 200 acre site and have helped breathe life into a vil age that history somehow forgot. You can even do some mineral panning and visit the sites on self-guided trails. 01434 382294

Killhope Lead Mining Centre is off the A689 5km east of Nenthead. Underground visits possible April – Oct. 01388 537505.