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Coordinates: 54°46′55″N 2°16′41″W / 54.782°N 2.278°W / 54.782; -2.278

Killhope Wheel
Killhope Wheel Photograph By Robert Kilpin.jpg
Killhope Wheel
Killhope Wheel is located in County Durham
Killhope Wheel

Red pog.svg Killhope Wheel shown within County Durham
OS grid reference NY821430
List of places: UK • England • County Durham

Killhope Wheel is a 38 feet (12 m)[1] diameter working water wheel within the North of England Lead Mining Museum, at Killhope in Weardale, County Durham, England. Restoration of the machinery started in 1980 and is continuing. Today Killhope is the most complete lead mining site in Britain.

Entrance to Killhope Wheel Lead Mine

Numerous lead mining remains can be seen on the Lead Mining Trail leading across high moorland. Allenheads Heritage Centre and Nenthead Mines are nearby.

Killhope is in the heart of the North Pennines - an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and designated the first Geopark in Great Britain in 2003 - and can be found on the A689 between Stanhope and Alston.

Other Lead Mines in County Durham

  • Low Slitt Mine, Westgate
  • Middlehope Shield, Westgate
  • Brandon Walls Mine, Rookhope
  • Rookhope Old Smelt Mill
  • Feldon Smelt Mill
  • Coldberry Mine, Middleton
  • Middle Greenlaws, Daddry Shield
  • Derwent Lead Mines
  • Lady Rake Mine, Harwood
  • Greenhurth Mine, Harwood
  • Pike Law Mines, Newbiggin


  1. ^ Henderson, Tony (October 25, 2004), "Killhope's great wheel of fortune keeps on turning", The Journal (Newcastle, UK): 19  

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