Isaac's Tea Trail

Isaac's Tea Trail


Isaac's Tea Trail has been described as England's last great undiscovered wilderness trek. The trail runs over 36 miles and is mainly in Northumberland and entirely within the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Following in Isaac's footsteps is a great way to discover the comparatively unexplored far North of England. Other walkers are few and far between, unlike the busier parts of the Lake District and on Hadrian's Wall.

The trail starts in Allendale at Isaac's Well in the Market Place and goes over to Nenthead and Alston and returns by Ninebanks. The higher moorland sections offer a challenge, with easier going along the tree fringed river valleys. The trail can be completed over two to three days or longer by doing shorter distances in a more leisurely style.

Isaac's Tea Trail is named after Isaac Holden, an itinerant tea seller and local philanthropist.

The trail is printed on the Ordnance Survey Maps Landranger 87 1:50,000 and the Outdoor Leisure Series 31 and 43 1:25,000 series.