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The industrial geology and river gravels of the North Pennines, Weardale

Outdoor Event, 11.00am-3.30pm

The lead and zinc mining industry have left their mark on the landscape of the Nent valley, not just at the mines themselves but also in the geomorphology of the river system. We will start at Nenthead, with its complex of mines and the remains of the smeltmill, before driving down the valley to one of the many limestone quarries from where we can look down on the dynamic river gravels at Blagill. At Nenthead we will be able to see the spoil heap stabilisation trial being run by North Pennines AONB, and if time allows we will also take a quick look at the impressive Dowgang Hush.

Meet in the large car park at Nenthead Mine, in Nenthead (Weardale). Postcode CA9 3PE or grid ref NY781 436. Bring a packed lunch and dress for summer in the Pennines.