From Nenthead, simply carry on the main road over the three hump hill of Killhope Cross (647m) and enjoy the exhilarating downhill stretch in to Weardale. If you find the hills of the North Pennines hard, you may want to stop off at Killhope Lead Mining Museum to experience something of how life was for those working in and under the hills – and get a coffee while there, from the Café.

The villages of Lanehead, Cowshill and Wearhead line the route to Ireshopeburn, home of The Weardale Museum, which is brim full of fascinating insights into how life was when Weardale was a hive of mining and Methodism.

Killhope Lead Mining Museum. Offers a fascinating (and award winning) snapshot of life as it once was in this erstwhile hive of industrial activity, and includes a huge, working waterwheel. It is a fully restored nineteenth century Victorian lead mine, where you can experience the life and work of the lead mining families of the Pennine dales. You might have to put on a hard-hat with cap-lamp and don a pair of wellingtons if you fancy de-saddling for a while. If you do, then enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff are here to help you get the most from your visit, they are what makes Killhope a multi-award winning venue.

“Killhope is famous for its huge working waterwheel, but there is so much more to Killhope. You can experience the mineshop where miners lived. You can work as a “washerboy” looking for minerals and galena (lead ore). You can see the working machiner in the Jigger House. Above all, Killhope’s award-winning mine tour is unique.”

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