Rookhope and the Lead Mines

MODERATE 1 reviews

Rookhope and the Lead Mines is a 7.7 kilometer loop trail located near Rookhope, Durham, England that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options.

Distance: 7.7 km Elevation Gain: 211 m Route Type: Loop


nature trips


bird watching


partially paved

wild flowers


historic site

A circular walk from the village of Rookhope in County Durham. The walking route explores this beautiful area of Weardale in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) taking in a mixture of high moorland, rich flower meadows and grass pastures. There is plenty of wildlife to enjoy including ground-nesting birds such as snipe and lapwing. Along the way you will discover the local rocky stream, Rookhope Burn, as well as many stone remnants of the lead mining industry that dominated this area in the 1700s and 1800s. The walk has several climbs and descents including a couple of quite steep sections. The ground is generally rough moorland which can be muddy at times and is very challenging and uneven underfoot. You will also follow a few stone tracks and a quiet country lane. You will be sharing many of the pastures with both sheep and cattle. You will need to negotiate a couple of narrow footbridges, some gates, one kissing gate plus 12 stiles. The stiles are a mixture of stone stiles (within stone walls), fence stiles and one low ladder stile (see Gallery image) – at least 6 of the stiles have enclosed fence surrounds so dogs would need a lift over them. In terms of facilities, the village of Rookhope (which you pass through towards the end) has a post office, pub and public toilets. Allow 2.5 hours.

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