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Frosterley Walks

Frosterley Marble Walk PDF (658kb)

Weardale Way 4: Stanhope to White Kirkley PDF (512kb)

Weardale Way 5: White Kirkley to Wolsingham PDF (480kb)

 

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 Frosterley 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 Frosterley

WARNING! The A689 through the main valley is a busy main road.

Take a leisurely ride along the back lanes to Stanhope and beyond.

Take a circular journey via Hill End and Bollihope to Stanhope and then return on the riverside back lane to Frosterley. There are some very steep climbs on this route.

Visit Hamsterley Forest and try their off road cycling tracks.

Hire a bike from Chatterbox Cafe at Stanhope.

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

Frosterley Marble

Frosterley is a small village in lower Weardale situated between Wolsingham and Stanhope at the confluence of Bollihope Burn with the River Wear. It has a convenience store with post office, a take-away fish shop and two public houses. Wolsingham (3 miles) and Stanhope (2 miles) offer a wider range of services.


Recent archaeological excavations at St Botolph's Chapel confirm an 8th century saxon settlement connected with the monks of Monkwearmouth. 

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Frosterley Marble

Frosterley is well known for the ornamental limestone which for many centuries has been quarried here to make fonts, floors and columns in some of our most important churches and public buildings. A document from 1183 mentions 'Lambert the marble cutter' of Stanhope - almost certainly a reference to the working of Frosterley Marble. In Durham Cathedral, Frosterley Marble has been used for flooring and columns, most famously in the 13th century Chapel of the Nine Altars.

You can see a superb natural outcrop of Frosterley Marble in the Bollihope Burn at Harehope Quarry, just outside Frosterley in Weardale. This disused limestone quarry is now an environmental education centre (www.harehopequarry.org). The best place to view the Frosterley Marble is from a footbridge on a permissive path at the west end of the quarry.

Downloadable the Frosterley Marble brochure. This is additional to the walk leaflet (left)

In 1847 the railway was opened to Frosterley to extract greater limestone for the steel industry opening up huge quarries which are now overgrown and disused though the railway remains as part of the heritage line between Stanhope and Wolsingham.

Places to Stay

Newlands Hall - Carol Oulton
Innkeeper's Cottage - Alison & Stuart Fawcett
Cromer House - Lance Davenport
Fineburn Park, Frosterley - Angela Wallace

 

Places to Eat

The Black Bull
The Frosterley Inn
The Village Chip Bar

Places to Visit

Hamsterley Forest

The Open Air Swimming Pool, Stanhope

The Weardale Railway

The Durham Dales Centre

The Weardale Museum, Ireshopeburn

Killhope Lead Mining Museum

High Force in Teesdale

The Bowlees Visitor Centre

Low Barnes Nature Reserve

Auckland Castle

Hall Hill Farm

North East Outdoor Pursuits Centre