Allendale, often marked on maps as Allendale Town, really is a beautiful village – The Calor Village of the Year for all of England in fact. (Year 2006/07) Situated in the south west of Northumberland with just over 2,000 inhabitants, Allendale has an amazing infrastructure: There is a well stocked, large Coop, a pharmacy, doctors, a post office, and art gallery & cafe, 3 pubs who all serve food, tea rooms, a gift shop and a second hand store. Allendale – 15 minutes’ drive from Hexham, 40 minutes from Newcastle upon Tyne in the East and Carlsile in the West – also boosts good access to public transport.
The Market Place
This is where you find the shops, art gallery and cafe, three of the pubs, tearooms, the post office and gift shop.
The Tar Barrel Festival
Once a year at New Year’s eve you can witness this very old tradition of burning tar being carried around the square.
Allendale is surrounded by gently sloping fells, sheep farms, fields, meadows and moorland – serene countryside.
There are 3 lovely country pubs in Allendale, all on the market square and all a mere 10 minute walk from Deneholme: The Kings Head, The Allendale Inn and The Golden Lion. The forth pub is in Catton, a 20 minute walk from where you stay. We can organise transport to and from the pubs, if you like. All of the pubs serve food, but we advise to book in advance. Also, there are often gigs on, life music, folk sessions or regional DJ’s – we can find out for you what they have on when you are here.
There are plenty of beautiful fell walks amidst the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty as well as along the famous Hadrian’s Wall. Visitors to the area will discover a place of exceptional beauty – a nationally protected landscape that is steeped in history, rich in wildlife, local traditions and culture. The countryside here is full of contrasts from the sometimes bleak and windswept upland heather moorlands to the deep wooded dales where red squirrels can often be seen.