On the Doorstep

On the Doorstep

Greenends is situated right on teh border of 3 counties, Cumbria, Durham and Northumberland all with someothing exciting to offer. Within an hours easy driving you can be in the Lake district one day, standing on Hadrian's wall the next or on the beautiful sandy beaches of the north east on teh third.

Nearby Nenthead, the highest village in England, has a fascinitaing history to share. The village was purpose built by the Quaker run London Lead Mining Company and its legacy can still be seen today with a Reading Room aka community shop (the first free library in England) and the earliest compulsory schooling in the country (Village Hall). You can take a trip down into Nenthead Mines or pop over the hill to Killhope another mining centre.

4 miles from Greenends lies Alston, an historic market town built on the confluence of the Rivers South Tyne and Nent. The town claims to be the highest market town in England and boasts a narrow gauge railway South Tynedale Steam Railway, specialist shops, cafes, craft galleries and artists galore. Buildings cling to the side of cobbled streets and narrow lanes lead to a variety of nooks and crannies for you to explore. In 1999 Alston was chosen as one of the settings for the film adaptation of "Oliver Twist".

Many public footpaths are right on the doorstep taking you straight up to open moorland or along the river to neighbouring villages and beauty spots. Isaac's Tea Trail crosses the estate and is a 36 mile round trip start to finish on which we are happy to drop and colllect walkers as needed. The Pennine way is a stones throw away to be explored or conquered.