7. Allenheads to Hexham

Today’s route crosses moorland and pastures to reach Hexham. You’ll also pass the half way point! So, if you’ve finished taking in the history of the former lead mining hub then, let’s go.

The route leaves Allenheads, retracing itself to where the path met the road at The Dodd. Following alongside River East Allen to cross it before Low Huntwell then heading on to the moor to reach Green Hill. Following Broad Way past Pikeley Rigg, Hangman Hill and Watson’s Pike the route reaches Kings Law. Going around the plantation then through Rye Hill, Low Rawgreen, High Staples, passing Juniper, to Diptonmill. Then picking up A Pennie Journey downhill into Hexham.

An alternative route leaves from Hangman Hill, via Riddlehamhope, along Beldon Burn to Newbiggin into Blancland, then on to Birkside Fell, Burntshields Haugh and Rawgreen to pick up the main route to Hexham.

If you are walking the Ravenber Way in two visits then, as Hexham is just past the half way point and connected by rail to Newcastle and Carlisle, this might be the point to exit and return for your second seven day stint.

Distance: 17.5 miles (28.2 km)
Total distance: 108 miles (173.8 km)
Ascent: 453 metres
Descent: 807 metres
Highest elevation: Green Hill 526m
Terrain: A walk of scenic contrasts. From an uppper dale, over expansive heather-clad moorlands, along a river valley of verdant loveliness, to undulating pastures. Easy walking on good tracks and on mainly well-marked paths.

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