The Harehope Quarry Project

The Harehope Quarry Project

The Harehope Quarry Project aims to demonstrate and promote a more sustainable way of living. Harehope Quarry is a Gold Award holder in the Green Tourism Business Scheme (GTBS). 


Within a former limestone quarry, the project runs an eco-classroom built entirely by volunteers, from which it delivers environmental education, field studies and education for sustainable development. The project has also developed a smallholding and a nature reserve with permissive access for the public. The eco-classroom can also be booked for meetings, green birthday parties and other events.

Walking around Harehope Quarry

In addition, there are walks ranging from 1km to 4km using permissive paths and Rights of Way around the quarry. Story walk leaflets are available as well as information about the Harehope Quarry Project. Please note that on site parking is limited, however the quarry is a short walk from Frosterley where additional parking is available.

  • Terrain: Off-road sections, on-road sections, steep sections.
  • There is car parking, cycle parking, disabled access and public transport.

Events programme

There is an annual events programme or courses, celebrations and environmental activities for children and families. Costs of events and activities vary – please contact the Harehope Quarry Project for further details.

  • Harehope Quarry Ltd, Frosterley, Bishop Auckland, County Durham, DL13 2SG
  • 01388 528 015 and 07807 002 032

Opening times

  • Permissive paths to the east and West ends of the quarry are open at any time. Visits are strictly by prior arrangement.
  • Eco-classroom can be booked for events and activities. Please note that the classroom is closed at other times.

More to explore

Use the link below to view the visit and explore map, and discover walks, trails, activities and more across the North Pennines AONB and UNESCO Global Geopark.

Explore the interactive map

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