The local area is great for quiet exploration of the scenery, the stone-built villages, the industrial archeology peeping from below the surface. Here is a flavour of what is available (for further information on local activities why not visit the North Pennines AONB Explore Map


Historic rights of way from the lead-mining era have resulted in great local footpaths. From a riverside walk of a mile or so, to the full Allendale Challenge route of 26 miles right around the East Allen Valley and our local long distance walk,  Isaacs Tea Trail

In conjunction with the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) we published three local walk leaflets: Walk 1 - Allendale & The River East Allen (2.5 miles / 4km); Walk2 - Oakpool and East Allen (4.5 miles / 6km); Walk 3 - Stone Stile (2.5 miles / 4km). We have also produced our own walk  - Splitty Lane

The AONB publish a number of other walks in the area including Hay Time Walk 1 - Allendale (5km) 


Several of the local bridleways provide good off-road routes - though the going can get a bit sticky when wet. The North Pennines is, however a gem for road cyclists. Some degree of fitness is an advantage as hills are par for the course. The local cycling club, Allen Valley Velo offer many group rides - with a local ride of 1.5 to 2 hours normally held on Thursday evenings during the Summer.

Exploring the pretty villages of the North Pennines 

There are attractive stone villages to explore, with amazing quiet roads winding over high passes between the valleys of the North Pennines. Explore the tracks, riverside paths, history ... or tea rooms, pubs and galleries.

Industrial History

Glimpses of the former industrial history of the area show themselves as you see a mine entrance along a river valley or see the chimneys high above Allendale as you walk on the moorland or drive between valleys. Local walks leaflets or trails often have more details on this hidden history


 Allen Valley Angling and Conservation have rights to beats along the East Allen and at nearby Coatenhill Reservoir. Langley Dam is also a short distance from the park.

Football, Netball, Running, Tennis, Badminton and Fitness sessions

These are offered by Allendale Sports ClubAllen Valley Striders have regular group runs locally


For cricket enthusiasts there is Allendale Cricket Club


Allendale Golf Club is about 3 miles from the park. “This course is a great antidote to every new 7,000-yard course being designed for slam-bang hitters – and with the scenery, it’s a perfect place to come and play golf.” John Harrison – coach to Ken Ferrie. There is also a dark skies discovery site at Allendale Golf Club

Horse riding

Just under 5 miles away, Sinderhope Pony Trekking offers a range of horsey adventures.