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Cowshill and Lanehead


Wellhope Bird Walk PDF (2.41Mb)

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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 difinitive 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.

Hire a bike from Chatterbox Cafe or Killhope Wheel.

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 great accommodation as 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.

The Cowshill Hotel offers a homely welcome and meals at weekends for those who book ahead and the 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 museum at Ireshopeburn which bursts with stories from the area.

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Places to Stay

Beckleshele, Lanehead - Lynn Taylor
Hill Top, Killhope - Phil & Claire Chatfield
Low Cornriggs, Lanehead - Janet Elliott
Dales Farm, Cowshill - Anita Holmes
The Calf House, Sue Tallentire
High Watch, Lanehead - Mike and Jane Kane
Haggs bank Bunkhouse, Danny Taylor

Places to Eat

Cowshill Hotel
Killhope Cafe
The Golden Lion, St John's Chapel
Chatterbox Cafe, St John's Chapel
The Blue Bell, St John's Chapel

Places to Visit

Killhope Lead Mining Museum

The Weardale Museum, Ireshopeburn

The Open Air Swimming Pool, Stanhope

The Weardale Railway

Hamsterley Forest

The Durham Dales Centre

High Force in Teesdale

The Bowlees Visitor Centre

Low Barnes Nature Reserve

Auckland Castle

Hall Hill Farm

North East Outdoor Pursuits Centre