Detours, Diversions & Latest News

Kirkhaugh Bridge – Update on 2 March 2021

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:

Temporary Footpath Closure on Nenthead to Alston Section – Update 15 October 2020

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 – Open for Walking – 14 July 2020

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. 

North Pennines AONB – Cafes etc re-opening – 8 July 2020

It’s well worth following this blog for updated information on the cafes, accommodation, shops and visitor attractions that have re-opened in @NorthPennAONB

Haltwhistle Walks Festival – Updated on 29th March 2020.

It is with great sadness that the Festival Committee has decided it has no option but to cancel this year’s Festival, in line with government guidance issued March 16th.

Please put 24th April – 3rd May 2021 in your diaries, the dates for next year’s Festival. We will feature some of the walks we hoped to lead this Spring.

For more information, see their website:

New Accommodation

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.