Whitesike and Bentyfield Mines Geotrail

Whitesike and Bentyfield Mines Geotrail

An interesting and varied 3.5 mile walk (5.5km) through Whitesike and Bentyfield mines and up onto the fell between the South Tyne and Nent valleys.

This varied walk takes you through an upland landscape that has been shaped by centuries of industrial activity. The rocks and minerals that make up the North Pennine fells have long been quarried and mined. Lead mining in particular has influenced this landscape, leaving a legacy of shafts, spoil heaps, old buildings and special plants.

Whitesike mine is just east of the B6277 Alston to Middleton-in-Teesdale road, with a large tip of waste material fenced off to the west of the road. The stream is culverted to pass through this tip (estimated to contain over 60,000 tonnes of ore-dressing waste) and the road runs over the top.

Bentyfield mine is east of Whitesike in the same valley and is accessed by the old tramway that runs up the west side of Whitesike.

For more information on the archaeology, botany, geology and importance of Whitesike and Bentyfield mines, please click this link.

  • Start location: Layby on a hairpin bend on B6277 near Garrigill (NY 750 424).
  • Terrain: Boggy ground and off-road sections.
  • There is car parking, a pub, shop and toilets nearby.

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