GEOWEEK 2022 – 11th May

On 11th May 2022 we are holding a special event to celebrate GeoWeek 2022 as part of Active Geoscience. The theme will be Minerals and Mines of the North Pennines. The event will start at 1030hrs and will include a look at the surface geology followed by a visit to Carrs Mine to see the geology underground.

Please email us via to book places for this event.



Our Carrs Mine trips take about 90 minutes. We provide lamps and helmets. We suggest that you wear outdoor clothing and footwear. The temperature underground is around 8C. The mine is usually dry underfoot, but may be a little muddy in places. We welcome all children who can walk and climb stairs – we don’t take babes in arms underground.

We are providing Carrs Mine trips on 17 April, 8 May, 29 May, 26 June, 27 July, 31 July, 3 August, 14 August, 17 August, 28 August, 11 September, 25 September, 26 October, and 30 October in 2022.

We are a charity with a 100% volunteer team. We ask for a donation for mine trips of £10 for adults and £5 for children. 

Scroll down this page for our Booking Form


The Society can also arrange custom group visits to Carrs Tourist Mine throughout most of the year, except for the months of July and August 

A  minimum of eight people and a donation of  £100  is needed to confirm a booking for an organised group visit, subject to a volunteer guide being available.   To discuss a date, please either send us an email –  admin(at) or phone 07494 497868.  We usually need two weeks notice of your proposed date.

We do not offer Carrs Mine tours from November through to late March. We carry out mine maintenance during this period.


We are at Nenthead, near Alston, in Cumbria.

The satnav postcode for our site entrance road is CA9 3NR.

Follow the brown tourist signs from the A689. Do not stop in the first car park – follow the trackway alongside the river. 

Click on the map below for a larger view.

Site Visits to Nenthead Mines in March 2021

We are hosting visits by the Environment Agency and Coal Authority on 10th,12th,16th and 17th of March – weather permitting. Specialists will be examining the water leats and reservoir on our site, including the ones leased by the Hydro company.

They may be using ground penetrating radar to try and discover whether there are any hidden features on the site.

The visitors will also be on land owned by Weardale Estates.

The Society landholdings at Nenthead

These two maps show the areas owned by the Society. When the formal land registration process as been completed, copies of the land registry maps will be substituted for these maps. The boundaries of the land holdings are shown as red lines on the maps. Detailed maps will be added after the formal registration has been completed.

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