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Allen Valleys

 Langley Castle         Garden Station Langley
Langley Castle & The Garden Station at Langley

 One of the most  picturesque routes in the North Pennines and my favourite ride.
This cycling circuit visits the stunning countryside of Tynedale around the Allen Valleys.
Starting in Stanhope the route climbs out of Rookhope over Wolfcleugh Common passing ancient lead mining works and into the East Allen valley at Allenheads. Stunning views of the valley as the road follows the main dale road to the old town of Allendale and on to Whitfield in the East Allen Valley.

From Whitfield the route follows the small but beautiful lanes on Wards Way over the 25% climb of The Steel to the Allen Banks Nature Reserve and  Ripley Hall. Leaving Allen Banks the route skirts the impressive 14th century Langley Castle and on down the valley through Little Switzerland to Ninebanks. The route then follows the valley road to climb out of the Allen Valley to join the climb of Killhope Moor before dropping into the Wear Valley and on to Stanhope

Wear Valley and the Allen Valleys 64 miles
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Cycle route

11:1 Turn RIGHT (West) onto A689 for 0.5 mi
11:2 At (2), bear RIGHT (North-West) onto Local road (3) to Rookhope (Lintzgarth Arch)
11:3 Continue over climb of Wolfcleugh Common to Allenheads (4)
11:4 At Allenheads follow the valley road to Allendale (5) In Allendale market place turn LEFT take road to Whitfield (Whitfield Village Pantry)
:5 After the descent of Common Bank at the junction of the A686 turn RIGHT (6)
:6 After 400yds turn LEFT towards Haltwhistle. At the summit of Whiteshield Side bank turn RIGHT at the T junction proceed on local roads towards Bardon Mill, continuing on Ward Way to the 25% decent and climb of (7)
11:7 Continue on local roads past Ridley Hall and turn RIGHT past the entrance to (Allen Banks Nature Reserve)
11:8 Keeping the entrance on your RIGHT continue on local roads over Allen Banks to join the A686 (8)
11:9 At the road junction turn RIGHT (Langley Castle) (Garden Station)  (9) continuing on the A686 for 7.7 miles until the LEFT turn to Ninebanks(10)
:10 Continue through Ninebanks climbing Chapel Bank towards Carr Shield and Coalcleugh (11)
11:11 Leaving Coalcleugh climb Black Hill and follow the road towards Nenthead joining the A689, (12) turn LEFT onto the climb of Killhope.
11:12 Follow the Wear Valley road past the (Killhope Lead Mining Centre) to Lanehead, descending School Hill into Cowshill. keep on the main road until Daddry Shield (14)
11:13 Turn RIGHT and follow Crosslet Lane (15) to Brotherlee (16) Horsley Hall (17) and on to Stanhope (18)


The Hills

Wolfcleugh Common
Height 1745 ft
Length approx 5 miles
Steepest section 1 in 10
Starting from the arch at Lintzgarth the hill climbs gradually up past the redundant lead mine on Wolfcleugh Common.
A long climb but not difficult wonderful views of the Rookhope valley.

Whiteshield Side
Height approx 1200 ft
Steepest section 1 in 7
Starting from the A686 the road climbs past the tiny church of St John's at Whitfield to the T junction with Ward Way.

The Steel
Height approx 900 ft
Steepest section 25% (1 in 4)
Short sharp descent onto a small bridge and climb on narrow lane over fell.

Allen Banks
Height approx 730 ft
Steepest section 1 in 6
A narrow climb onto the top of Allen Bank.

Chapel Bank
Height approx 1800 ft
Steepest section 1 in 10
A long drag out of the Allen Valley from Carrshield up to Coalcleugh

Black Hill
Height approx 1980 ft
Steepest section 1 in 7
A short steep climb out of Coalcleugh

Killhope Cross
Height: 2056 ft
Length: approx 0.5 mile
Steepest section: 1 in 5
The route joins the climb mid way on the accent. The climb is deceiving as there are three false summits, the  1 in 5 sections can be testing in poor weather conditions. This is the highest classified road in England at 2056 ft




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