World Curlew Day

Please join other members and supporters of the Friends of the North Pennines to walk off those Easter Eggs on a four-mile circular walk in the East Allen Valley to mark World Curlew Day. The route follows Isaac’s Tea Trail and an old packhorse route across Allendale Common, a favourite nesting area for curlews and other waders, before dropping down across pasture fields to reach the riverbank. The return route is alongside the river and through the former lead mining hamlet of Sipton.  

It’s an undulating route, but the ascents and descents are quite short. Underfoot the walk follows a stony track and uses footpaths which could be muddy. A few wooden stiles and a short flight of wooden steps will be encountered.

World Curlew Day is April 21st, but as it falls on Easter Sunday this year we’ll be marking it on April 22nd. It’s supported by major environmental organisations to raise awareness of the dramatic declines in curlew populations over recent decades. The British Trust for Ornithology reports that the species is the UK’s most important bird conservation priority, and the RSPB talks of curlews being in crisis. The North Pennines AONB is one of the last strongholds of the Eurasian Curlew. 

The walk will be led by Anne Leuchars who writes a blog about Isaac’s Tea Trail as a voluntary project for the North Pennines AONB Partnership.

We shall stop for a short break on the walk so please bring a drink/snack or even an Easter egg!

We propose to meet at the Forge in Allendale at 10.30am  where you will be met by our walk leader Anne Leuchars,  we shall leave at 11am to make our way to the start of the walk which is about 5 minutes drive out of Allendale at Old Man Bottom ford grid reference  NY842510.   Please email :  should you wish to join us.

Walking in the North Pennines

This year we are joining forces with our friends Middleton in Teesdale Walkers are Welcome,  if you would like more information on organised walks please contact Nick Long at

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Why not take a look at Anne Leuchars informative and amusing blog.  The short-distance approach to walking a long-distance footpath.  


There’s more information about Isaac’s Tea Trail at This is a new website, still under development, but already has lots of useful details.             Also see             Follow Anne on twitter @isaacsfootsteps


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The latest 2019 programme is attached, events are open to non members for a small charge.


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