Allendale means ‘Valley of the Shining Water’ in Celtic, possibly thanks to the shimmering lead and iron ore flowing through its rivers. Allendale is a small village in southwest Northumberland, in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Beauty, surrounded by rolling hills and sheep farms. It lies in the heart of the Allen Valleys, a beautiful area which has remained largely untouched by tourism. Trout and salmon can be seen heading upstream in the East and West Allen Rivers as they wind their way through limestone valleys, while the rugged fells and moors are home to rare birds and flowers. Allendale is famous for its New Year fire festival, when revellers carry flaming tar barrels through the streets, and its May Fair, when local farms’ produce and village fete activities can be enjoyed. The two-day Allen Valleys Folk Festival takes place in August with performances from many of the UK’s best artists. Take a stroll from your Allendale holiday cottage and you will discover a peaceful community with narrow streets full of pretty stone buildings and family-run businesses. Pop into Allendale Butchers for a hearty sandwich or homemade pie, head to Allendale Brewery for award-winning craft beer or try one of the lovely pubs overlooking the village square.
The countryside surrounding Allendale holiday cottages is some of Northumberland’s finest, with high, open moors, rushing rivers and ancient woods. A particularly pretty route leaves the village before following the banks of the River Allen past windswept moorland and crashing waterfalls.
Self-catering holidays in Allendale are a great choice if you want to explore northeast England. The bustling industrial city of Newcastle upon Tyne is under an hour’s drive away, with great shopping, galleries, museums and nightlife. To the north, the Northumberland National Park and Kielder Forest Park meet Hadrian’s Wall at the Scottish border, with 400 square-miles of remote, rolling hills and atmospheric moors.