From Nenthead, simply carry on the main road over the three hump hill of Killhope Cross (647m) and enjoy the exhilarating downhill stretch in to Weardale. If you find the hills of the North Pennines hard, you may want to stop off at Killhope Lead Mining Museum to experience something of how life was for those working in and under the hills – and get a coffee while there, from the Café.

The villages of Lanehead, Cowshill and Wearhead line the route to Ireshopeburn, home of The Weardale Museum, which is brim full of fascinating insights into how life was when Weardale was a hive of mining and Methodism.

St John’s Chapel is the largest village in Upper Weardale with two cycle-friendly pubs, a cycling cafe and a local co-op. Here and in Westgate and Eastgate, is a  choice of campsites, B&Bs and bunkhouses.