Ashes Quarry Geotrail

Here, for 70 years and more, hundreds of men toiled by hand with simple tools to dig the Great Limestone out of the Weardale fells, just a short distance from the centre of 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 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.
Ashes Quarry above Stanhope in Weardale © NPAP/Neil Diment


Starting from the Durham Dales Centre car park in Stanhope (NY996392 / DL13 2FJ).


3 km


  • Boggy ground
  • Off road sections
  • On road sections
  • Steep sections



  • Car parking
  • Cycle parking
  • Public transport


Facilities nearby: 

  • Accessible toilets
  • Cafe
  • Playground
  • Pub
  • Shop
  • Toilets