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Cowshill and Lanehead


Wellhope Bird Walk PDF (2.41Mb)

Cowshill Bird Walk PDF (2.57Mb)

Cowshill to Killhope PDF (491 kb)

Wearhead PDF (758 kb)

Weardale Way 1: Cowshill to Westgate PDF (513 kb)


The County Durham Definitive Public Rights of Way

This website is not a PDF but it will provide maps of the definitive rights of way for all of County Durham's footpaths - just select Cowshill or Killhope from the list of towns/villages.

The publication of the public rights or way is a guide for visitors but not a guarantee that the footpath will be open. Please report any issues.


Cycling around
Cowshill and Lanehead

WARNING! The A689 is a busy main road

Take a leisurely ride along the back lanes overlooking the valley between Cowshill and St John's Chapel

Try your hand at some really tough climbs like New House Bank on the road from Ireshopeburn to Rookhope.

Visit Hamsterley Forest and try their off road cycling tracks.


Click here to seek out the quieter C roads in and around Weardale.

Upper Dale from Cowshill

The small hamlets of Cowshill and Lanehead, which form part of the parish of Heatherycleugh are situated in Upper Weardale at heights above 1200 feet (380 metres). The land here was very marginal for farming and a living was only made possible by having another income from lead mining. Many of the lead miners scattered farmsteads which until a few years ago were empty and derelict are now renovated and occupied offering self catering or bed and breakfast accommodation. The landscape here has a wild beauty, ideal for walking or getting away from stresses of work and urban life.

Killhope Museum Cafe offers daytime meals during their opening hours.

Two places which are highly recommended for a visit are Killhope North of England Lead Mining Museum with its huge water wheel and mine visit, and the little volunteer run Weardale Museum at Ireshopeburn which bursts with stories from the area.

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Places to Stay

High Watch, Lanehead

Places to Eat

Killhope Cafe

Places to Visit

The Weardale Railway

The Durham Dales Centre

Durham Dales Craft Centre, Stanhope

The Weardale Museum, Ireshopeburn

Killhope Lead Mining Museum

The Bowlees Visitor Centre

Harehope Quarry

Auckland Castle

Spanish Gallery

Mining Art Gallery

Auckland Tower


High Force in Teesdale

Low Barns Nature Reserve

Tanfield Railway


Nenthead Mine (pre-book Open Days)

Hamsterley Forest

Hall Hill Farm

The Open Air Swimming Pool, Stanhope