North Pennine Walks
Date: 24th April 2005
Distance: 6.7 miles
Ascent: 1101 feet
Time: 2 hours 45 minutes
Start Grid Ref: NY860453
A good walk featuring a beautiful stretch of the River East Allen and visiting a currick with a fine view.
Route Summary: Allenheads - School Plantation - Dodd Reservoir - River East Allen - Fell View - Green Hill - Byerhope Bank - Faw Side - Shorngate Cross - Allenheads
1. Dodd Reservoir backed by Killhope Law
2. River East Allen
3. The trig point on Green Hill
4. The Currick on Faw Side
5. Lisa on Faw Side
6. Killhope Law and East End Reservoir
Walk Detail: Having visited the valleys of South Tynedale and West Allen Dale the previous day it was appropriate that we also visit the latter's twin valley of East Allen Dale.
It was a lovely day and less hazy than our walk to The Dodd the previous day. Leaving the attractive old mining village of Allenheads we shortly came across a pleasant path through a young plantation that ended all too soon.
On the way to Dodd Reservoir in quick succession I saw some Lapwing chicks and then a water vole. While the path bypassed Dodd Reservoir we walked up the bank to look at it. Impressively backed by the ever-present Killhope Law the old mining reservoir (one of many in this part of the dale) had been adopted by hundreds of sea birds who formed an impressive sight wheeling over the secluded waters.
There shortly followed a delightful section following the banks of the East Allen River that is every bit as beautiful as its western cousin. After a steady but easy climb from Fell View to Byerhope Bank we made a detour to the trig point on Green Hill which was set too far back from any real gradient to command good views. Compensation though was to be found in the superb path that follows Byerhope Bank south to Faw Side and its impressive currick. The views of the valley below and of Killhope Law were superb all the way along this stretch.
The final descent into Allenheads was mainly along the road but was still pleasant enough. Despite not quite having the height of the Dodd or an outstanding natural feature like Ashgill Force we both agreed that this was probably the best walk of the three we had done on our camping trip to Alston.