North Pennine Cycles, run by Dave Raeside, will fix, tweak 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. Reasonable rates and fast action. Fully Park Tool equipped, wide range of parts and accessories. 01434 381324. email@example.com. Cycle nutrition drinks and food plus rescue service with 3-bike rack. www.northpenninecycles.co.uk.
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.
Where To Sleep
Haggs Bank Bunkhouse
Run by: Danny Taylor
Great addition to the route and just a quick mile to The Miner's Arms in Nenthead. This is a terraced campsite and bunkhouse, ideal for self-catering groups of up to 24, though meals can be pre-ordered (from £6). Charming spot and beautifully converted bunkhouse with ample washrooms. Towel hire possible. Three bunkrooms sleeping 10, 9 and 5. Largest one has en-suite facilities. BBQ for hire and also a firepit. Breakfast can also be ordered, as well as provisions and drinks if you wish.
Bunkrooms sleep 10,9 & 5.
Bed: £20 including bedding.
Whole bunkhouse: £380 per night. Campsite has 12 hook-ups for motorhomes.
Nent Hall Country House Hotel & Farmhouse B&B
Run by: Naomi Blamires
A bit of luxury at the end of a hard day in the saddle? Here you have it, with a pub attached, the Coach House. In addition to a good pint, main courses go from £8, not to mention afternoon tea for those wanting to pop in for sustenance before the climbs ahead. Look out for great online deals at the hotel. Cycle friendly and stylish, attractive setting in affordable country house accommodation. A splendid setting just off the A689, about 1.5 miles west of Nenthead.
Rooms: 4S/D, 2T, 2F, 6 four-posters, 2 superior 4-poster, five room suite.
B&B hotel: from £30.
Eve meals: bar meals from £8 - £15. Restaurant: 3 courses from £25, open Fri & Sat.
Pk lunch: by arrangement.
Meal deals for groups available in restaurant if you call in advance.