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This is a delightful village nestling among the trees. Its focal point is a marvel ous little pub cal ed the Al enheads Inn, one of the most popular stop-off points anywhere along the route.

A century ago this prosperous, peaceful little haven was a toneless grey val ey of slag heaps shrouded by smog, a mining community that provided one sixth of the nation’s lead. It slipped into decline along with the industry, but has revitalised itself. There is now a village Trust, a visitor centre, mining exhibitions, a shop and a café.

It is also home to the British Norwegian Ski Club. There are three tow ropes on the run to the top at 540 metres. Annual family membership is £30. Facilities on the piste include a small bait hut where there is a BYO glühwein facility. Apres ski is in the pub.

An ideal place for celebrities, it is usually free of paparazzi and gossip columnists. A popular haunt with the beau monde of Carlisle and Newcastle, Allenheads is again a coming place.

Places of Interest

Woodland Nature Trail – walks that take you around the village.

Old Blacksmith’s Shop – smithy with display.

The Allenheads Trust, Allenheads Heritage Centre, 01434 685043