Newshield and West Allendale Cycle Route

This 36km road cycle route route climbs out of Alston and heads down to Nenthead before exploring the fascinating upper reaches of the West Allen Valley. It provides a solid days riding with a mix of valley lanes with some sizeable climbs on fell roads. On a misty or windy day the high points of Black Hill or Willyshaw Rigg will prove challenging to say the least, but given a blue sky and a fair breeze there can be few better spots to be on two wheels. As well as the stunning North Pennines landscape along the way there is plenty to see particularly if you are interested in industrial heritage. Originally published as Route 2 in the Biking around Alston: 5 do-in-a-day rides in the North Pennines AONB (2012).
Smallburns Moor in the West Allen Valley © NPAP/Shane Harris


Starting from the centre of Alston (NY718465 / CA9 3QN) in the Cumbrian North Pennines.


36 km


  • On road sections
  • Steep sections



  • Car parking
  • Cycle parking
  • Public transport


Facilities nearby: 

  • Accessible toilets
  • Cafe
  • Playground
  • Pub
  • Shop
  • Toilets