Running On Fumes  –  The Rookhope Chimney

Running On Fumes – The Rookhope Chimney

In the early 1800s long flue systems were installed at all the major smelt mills of the North Pennines ore field and locally at the smelt mills of Allendale, Ramshaw (near Blanchland), Allenheads, Rookhope , Nenthead and Castleside.  The flues extended long distances...

The Bumps near Frosterley

This is probably the most popular picnic site in the Dale for families, offering a riverside location, space for games and lots of excitement climbing and running up the bumps, the grassed over spoil heaps of an old quarry.  Both banks of of the Bollihope Burn offer...

Ashgill Force, near Garrigill

This small picnic site is outside Weardale but is such an exquisite gem it has to be included.  The little amphitheatre, which buzzes with life in the spring, was carved out of the rocks over millions of years by the waterfall, one of the finest in the North Pennines...

Desmesne Mill Picnic Site, Wolsingham

A quiet picnic area alongside the Waskerley Beck with lots of parking. A number of walks are possible from here including the Family Walk, an easy circular route on footpaths accessible for pushchairs and wheelchairs, 1.5 miles long.  Download the walk map and...

Stanhope Stepping Stones

This is a popular spot for summer visitors to the Dale and can be combined with a visit to the Open Air Swimming Pool in the summer. It has lost some of its buzz since the ford was closed to vehicles in 2012 due to too many motorists being stranded mid stream and...