Great for walkers

Ready for a day’s hiking across the moors or fancy a more gentle stroll? There are both long and short distance walks which pass near The Hive.

The Pennine Way and South Tyne Trail, the latter a fantastic two-day experience across approximately 24 miles, are both extremely popular.

For those looking for some local heritage alongside their walking, there’s Isaac’s Tea Trail, a stunning 36-mile circular walk named after celebrated 19th century tea seller Isaac Holden. Poet WH Auden, who was such a fan of Alston Moor he had a map of the area above his desk wherever he worked, enjoyed walking the trail. Follow in his footsteps through hidden valleys, tackling the whole route or one of its four sections.

We are developing a number of shorter circular routes for all levels of ability which start and finish at The Hive. Check out our leaflet of a short village trail to get to know Nenthead. More walks of the wider moor are available here.

Great for cyclists

Park up in the cycle racks outside The Hive and pause to enjoy the stunning surroundings – and some re-energising refreshments.

Nenthead is an ideal stopping off point on the C2C sustrans route after the exertion of the climb up Hartside. If you’re planning to tackle the whole route then check out places to rest your weary head in the Accommodation section.

The area is perfect for all abilities of cyclists with quiet roads and fabulous scenery. There’s a host of interesting routes both for those who like the road beneath their wheels and those whose passion is moorland tracks.

North Pennine Cycles is attached to the centre catering for all your cycling needs including the hire of hybrid, mountain and touring bikes.

Great for bird watchers

The countryside around Nenthead is home to many native birds – oyster catchers, lapwings, curlews, wheatears, barnacle geese, owls and many more who fill the skies overhead.

We also have a host of gamebirds all year round. And in May, those up early enough, can witness the famous display of Black Grouse Lek.

Red Squirrels are a common sight in the area as are deer and hare.