Here is an offer of Geo guide training. Geo guides can meet the post training requirements by providing events at Nenthead Mines. If you are interested, please apply direct to Naomi.

From the North Pennines Geopark team

The North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is a UNESCO Global Geopark, recognising its unique geology and landscapes, and the impact they have on the life and history of the area. For us at the AONB Partnership, a very important part of having a Geopark designation is to share this amazing story with local people and visitors. Can you help us?

We are looking for people who would like to find out more about the geology of the North Pennines and help us use it to inspire the public, by becoming volunteer Geoguides. This involves a few training sessions spread around the North Pennines and a commitment to help run events that allow people to explore local geology.

What’s in it for you?

Free expert training in a world-class environment.

Training and opportunities to improve your public speaking and presentation skills.

The chance to explore a unique landscape more deeply and inspire others.

A set of publications and information about the area.

Transport costs will be paid for.

What are we asking for?

The programme starts with a weekend of training, 10am to 4pm on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th March 2019 at Bowlees Visitor Centre in Teesdale. This will feature an introduction to geology from Dr Stuart Jones, a, Associate Professor at Durham University, and training in presentation and facilitation skills with experienced staff from the North Pennines AONB Partnership.

Subsequent sessions will be on a more bespoke basis, out and about in the North Pennines getting to know some of the key geological features and how to engage people with them. All Geoguides will need to attend the introductory sessions and at least 2 subsequent sessions. We would then ask that trainees take part in at least 5 events, walks or workshops, representing the AONB Partnership, from 2019 to 2020. These may be events for adults, families or local schools, with options in term time, school holidays, weekdays or weekends.

This programme is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and The INTERREG Atlantic Area programme of the European Regional Development Fund.

If you are interested in getting involved or for more information, please contact Naomi Foster –, or call the office on 01388 528801.


Site Work report 10 February 2019

During the early days of February, work has continued on site, despite the cold and wet weather. The Drying Room construction has continued and work has started on the Stamp Mill site.

First day of work on the Drying Room – the floor joists are laid on the damp proof course

Drainage pipe being installed in the Stamp Mill trench. This pipe is laid as a contingency, just in case the site floods in future. We have given the site a new name to reflect the fact that the Power of Water structure will be demolished this year.

Checking the alignment of the drainage pipe

Colin arranging the outflow end of the pipe. The pipe was later lengthened to bypass the pond, which will soon be filled with rubble.

Allan demonstrating the use of a tape measure. The Drying Room has wall panels of plywood, with an inner insulation layer.

Looking from the site of the lobby to the entrance door to the Drying Room