C2C - Weardale Loop
Route Section: Weardale Loop
From Start: 134km (84m) | From Finish: 85km (53m)
Stanhope 19km (12m)
Consett 40km (25m)
Newcastle-upon-Tyne 66km (41m)
Head out of Nenthead on the A689.
Continue up the lung-bustingly steep hill, ignoring the Route 7 sign to the left for Allenheads.
Just keep going until you pass the Killhope Lead Mining Museums and Tearooms.
About Weardale Loop
This route was added a few years ago. It takes you over the highest A road in England, through a series of picturesque villages at the head of the River Wear and along the prettiest seven mile back road, returning you to the official route in the market town of Stanhope.
It offers an alternative to the main route, where it is sometimes difficult to find accommodation and food. "We simply cannot cope with the demand," is an oft-heard refrain, though the Allenheads Inn has always managed to take much of the slack.
About Killhope Lead Mining Museum
Gives an interesting insight into the grim days of lead mining and the lives people lived. More to the point, it is a great place to stop after the climb. Refreshments aplenty...
Where to eat
The North of England Lead Mining Museum, near Cowshill, Upper Weardale, Co Durham DL13 1AR The Killhope Cafe os a great pit stop offering a wonderful menu from 10:30 (last orders 16:00) with a choice of home-made soups, sandwiches, scones, cakes and lots more. You can have a full lunch or just a cup of tea. Ingredients are organic and locally sourced where possible. Caters for groups - there are special group deals and, weather permitting, outside tables (there is an awning over the picnic area). Killhope Museum is open daily 11:00-17:00 until Nov. Admission tickets valid for a year. Underground tours and a wealth of wildlife including red squirrels can be observed on the woodland trails. Award winning staff will answer your questions about life at the top of the dale in the 19th century and ensure a memorable visit. Serving from 10:30 until 17:00 daily (until Nov). Last order for meals: 16:00. Visitor information centre. Bike storage. Ideal for groups and a good place to hang out. 01388 537505. www.killhope.org.uk