What is Nenthead Mines?
Nenthead Mines is an important historic place at Nenthead, near Alston, in Cumbria, UK. This remote valley is covered by remains from the lead and zinc mining industry of the North Pennines, including mine entrances, dumps and old buildings. The site includes a geology Site of Special Scientific Importance and is notable for rare lichens and plants growing on the metal-rich mine dumps. Most of the valley is a National Ancient Monument.
The conserved buildings on the site include a small museum and interpretation display and there is a network of paths and trackways. Carrs Mine is an old lead and zinc mine which is open to visitors on special days. Guided trips into the mine are arranged on Open Days.
When can I visit?
Come and see us at Nenthead! Look at our Carrs Mine Trips and Open Days Page for the dates of our Mine trips and site Open Days. You can go underground on one of our Open Days.
How do I contact Nenthead Mines?
Email us via admin(at)nentheadmines.com
Phone us on 07519836019
Write to us c/o 14 Kirk Rise, Frosterley, Bishop Auckland, DL13 2SF
Visit us at Nenthead Smelting Mill, Nenthead, Alston, Cumbria, CA9 3PN (on Open Days)
Who looks after the Mines?
The Nenthead Mines Conservation Society is working with Cumbria County Council to care for, manage and maintain this historic site. Most of the valley is owned by Cumbria County Council and is managed on their behalf by the Society. We need your help to look after this wonderful valley.
How does the Society operate?
We are a voluntary charitable incorporated organisation ( number 1166281) that raises money to maintain and look after the valley. A copy of the Governing document is here: NMCS Governing Document
How can I help?
You can join the Society by completing a Membership Application. You may download a copy of the form from here Membership Form Alternatively, you can ask for a paper copy by sending a self addressed stamped envelope to:Sheila Barker, NMCS, The Rise, Alston, Cumbria, CA9 3DB. if you want to know, come and visit on an Open Day or on one of our members Working Days. We have a Facebook Page.
You can give a donation to the Society by PayPal. the Pay Pal button is at the bottom of this page.