Mines & Lands of Nenthead

  • Walk through a landscape alive with mining
  • Visit Nent Hall, a special country house
  • Some rough moorland walking

At 1,500 feet above sea level Nenthead is not always bathed in glorious warm sunshine but as a place to visit and walk around it is a must. Fascinating mainly as one of the major lead mining centres in the country, Nenthead was purpose built for the industry and wherever you look the hillside is peppered with the signs of mining. It is unique and the setting excellent but walking a few hundred yards from the valley floor can easily bring about some very remote moorland. This walk only skirts the moorland (try the walk from Nenthead to Garrigill to experience genuine wild moorland walking) but offers an excellent insight in to the character of Nenthead and the history of lead mining withing England’s Pennine spine.


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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL31 North Pennines Buy Map
Start Point: NY 781437. Centre of Nenthead, then take the road past the Village stores which climbs via cobbles towards the open hillside.
Height to Climb: 158 ms (512 feet)
Terrain: Around the ruins at Roughside the moors are bleak and can be boggy but it is a relatively short section. The estate have taken to locking the gate at Greenlands but it is an official bridleway.
Eating & Drinking: Nenthead has an excellent pub, the Miners Arms and the cycle shop sells tea and coffee
Similar Walks Nearby: From Nenthead to Garrigill
The South Tyne Trail
Ashgill Force from Garrigill
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