Latest News – Tea Trail & Nearby

Temporary Footpath Closure on Nenthead to Alston Section – Update 12 September 2020

Cumbria CC will close the footpath from Lovelady Shield (NY755463) to Foreshield Bridge (NY748467) @ 0.75 ml. for work to protect the riverside from further erosion. The closure will be from 14 September for 3 weeks but possibly extended further. Diversion notices are in place with detours by road via footpath nr. West Cocklake or bridleway to Blagill. 

Kirkhaugh Bridge – Update on 12 September 2020

Work to rebuild the bridge is underway and is planned to be complete by the end of October. 

Isaacs Tea Trail – Open for Walking – 14 July 2020

Reminder that Isaacs Tea Trail is open and, with a small problem of Kirkhaugh Bridge (see below), 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

Isaacs Tea Trail Ultra Marathon – Update on 20 June 2020

An Isaacs Tea Trail ultra marathon (virtual unfortunately) is taking place on the weekend of 8th and 9th August. It’s organised by Greener Miles Running so if you want more information or to register to take part, see their website: Isaacs Tea Trail ultra Marathon 

Kirkhaugh Bridge – Update on 20th June 2020

Progress on work to rebuild the bridge. Road signs are now in place for road closure starting 22 June for 3 weeks. Very promising indeed. Not sure when work will be finished and the route return to normal so watch for updates.

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:

Kirkhaugh Bridge – Added on 4th February 2020

  • Replacement of the Kirkhaugh Bridge (see the Alston to Ninebanks section) included in Northumberland Council’s draft LTP (Long Term Plan?)

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.