Two-mile circular walk, from Stanhope, with great views and a fascinating insight into Weardale’s industrial past.
Here, for 70 years and more, hundreds of men toiled by hand using only the most primitive of tools to dig the Great Limestone out of the Weardale fells, just a short distance from Stanhope. They left behind a huge, mile-long hole in the ground which today, over 60 years since they downed tools, nature is slowly reclaiming.
This 2-mile (3km) circular route follows the paths the quarrymen would have once taken to work. It rewards a bit of a climb at the start with fantastic views over Stanhope and a fascinating insight into Weardale’s industrial past.
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