Nenthead is a small village in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, on the border of the counties of Cumbria, Northumberland, and Durham.  It is one of the highest villages in England,  born as a model village to service the lead and zinc mines.  At one time a hive of industry, now it is a quiet rural community.

There is a community shop open 7 days a week for the essentials, a cycle repair shop, and a restaurant.  In addition there is The Hive, a community run cafe, arts and events centre in the old chapel.  


Nenthead is close to the Pennine Way and various other walking routes, such as Cross Fell and High Cup Nick.  It's well placed for visiting the sites of Hadrian's wall, 25 miles to the North.  To the south, some of the most scenic (and highest!) roads in the country lead into Weardale and Teesdale, home of the impressive High Force waterfall.

For the cyclist, it is on the C2C route, and surrounded by some of the finest passes to be found in England, including the amazing Hartside.  

For the nature lover, we have Red Squirrels and a plenty of uncommon bird species, such as 

Black Grouse, Golden Plover, Ring Ouzel, Curlew, Redshank, Snipe, and Short-eared Owl.

And finally, for those of an astronomical bent, we are blessed with fine dark skys and clear seeing - weather permitting of course!

Nenthead Community Shop


The Hive at Nenthead


Nent Hall Hotel


Nenthead Mines


Killhope Mining Museum



​Alston lies a 5 miles to the north, and is possibly the highest market town in the country.  It as a Spar and a Co-op,  a butcher, a baker, a pharmacy, several excellent pubs, fish and chips and other takeaways and a wholefood co-operative which sells amongst other things a wide variety of local cheeses.   There are also stalls selling fresh produce in the market place.   There is a tourist information centre in the Town Hall and two filling stations.

Alston Wholefoods


Alston House Hotel



Cumberland Hotel


The Angel Inn


The Turk's Head


The Top Cafe