The vibrant village of Allendale is an excellent base from which to explore Northumberland.
Located in the south of the county, Allendale can be found some 7 miles from Haydon Bridge and 11 miles from Hexham. The area was once known for its lead mining and the remains from this industry can still be seen in the surrounding countryside and in the distinctive chimneys that feature in the village's skyline.
Allendale gives easy access to the Allen Valley and the North Pennines, with miles of
brooding countryside with sweeping moorland views, deep dales and rare plant and animal
life. As a result, the area is popular with walkers, cyclist and horse riders alike. There are plenty of walking routes to be found here including the popular Allendale challenge, a 25 mile
endurance test through the valley.
This charming village has much to offer those visiting the area. Its art caf�, tearooms and
brewery are indicative of the strong community spirit to be found here. There are also a
number of small shops and pubs in the village, making it convenient for those staying in self-
A number of events take place throughout the year in the village, the most famous of
which is Allendale's New Year celebrations. Here, a select hereditary team of revellers known as "guisers" carry lighted tar barrels on their heads to the village centre, where they are used to light a ceremonial bonfire. Other events are held during the course of the year including beer, music and flower festivals.