Detours, Diversions & Latest News

Greener Miles – Ultra Event – 7th August 2021

Greener Miles are organising an ultra event to run the route of Isaacs Tea Trail on 7th August 2021. For all of the details and information about entering the event, see their website.

Temporary Footpath Closure on Nenthead to Alston Section – Updated 25 June 2021. Please note, this diversion is still in place.

Cumbria CC closed the footpath from Lovelady Shield (NY755463) to Foreshield Bridge (NY748467) about 0.75 miles, for work to protect the riverside from further erosion. For the foreseeable time a detour is available by taking the footpath above and past Lovelady Shield Hotel up to the minor road and along past East and West Cocklake to join the track with Public Access as far as the road at Blagill to rejoin Isaac’s Tea Trail. Overall distance is 2 miles.

Isaacs Tea Trail – Music for the walk – 6 April 2021

A couple of songs for the trail:

Isaacs Tea Trail – Open for Walking again– 29 March 2021

Reminder that Isaacs Tea Trail is open and is fully accessible. If you walk all or parts of the route, enjoy it to the full bearing in mind the general advice to be responsible, considerate and kind. This is especially the case in places where the walk passes through towns or villages or next to houses and farms.

As there has been limited walking during lockdown, you might find parts of the route damaged or altered. If you find anything like that, please email us to let us know. 

Kirkhaugh Bridge – Update on 29 March 2021

The update below was added last October and updated earlier this month but there is now more celebration of the opening of the new bridge, thanks to a new song with vocals by Hamish Currie and guitar and mandolin by Ted Carroll. Listen to it at: Kirkhaugh Bridge

Work to rebuild the bridge is now complete and the bridge re-opened on Friday 16 October. It looks great – see the photo – so worth a walk to admire it. The detours via Slaggyford or missing Kirkhaugh are no longer required and the proper Tea Trail footpath is fully open.

See a photo of the official opening of the new bridge and a video on youtube, together with a commentary by Roger:


If you’re planning on walking the trail and will need accommodation, keep an eye on the accommodation page as new options are being added as awareness of this site increases.