Wearhead: The River Wear starts here

Wearhead sits at the confluence of Burnhope Burn and Killhope Burn, which combine to create the River Wear. The first people here were probably farmers who leased their land from the Prince Bishops of Durham and as the century's past more families moved into the area to mine the rich seams of lead ore, creating the modern village. This walk takes you around this pretty part of Weardale and it can be extended, if you wish, by doing a loop around Burnhope Reservoir.
Brown Hare © Brian Rafferty/www.brianraffertywildlifephotographer.blogspot.co.uk/


Starting from Wearhead Bridge.


1 km


  • Off road sections
  • On road sections



  • Car parking
  • Public transport


Facilities nearby: 

  • Playground
  • Pub
  • Shop
  • Toilets