Our three-day adventure this year is along Isaac’s Tea Trail but who, exactly, was Isaac?
Isaac Holden (not to be confused with Sir Isaac Holden, Radical Liberal Member of Parliament) was born around 1805 in Mohope into an extremely poor lead mining family. He never went to school and followed into the family tradition until ill health and a decline of the lead mining industry meant he had to find an alternative way of making a living.
He became an itinerant tea seller, delivering his goods in all weathers to mining communities, farms and remote hamlets. He was also a great philanthropist and some of the mementos of his charitable deeds, such as Isaac’s Well and the Wesleyan Chapel in Allendale, can still be seen along the Trail.
Join us over the May Day Holiday weekend to enjoy this beautiful long distance walk and find out more about an amazing man, his legacy and why the respect in which he was held led to a footpath being named after him.
Learn more about Isaac and the trail on: isaacs-tea-trail.co.uk