Conservation Volunteers

We asked Natural Ability to bring their trainees along to help clear the site after the trees had been thinned. They did a grand job making the site safer and making new habitats for minibeasts and small mammals.


The site is now sunnier and drier, which is better for the stonework of the Arches, and we’re hoping to see some beautiful flowers bloom in the spring sunshine.


The Dukesfield Smelters and Carriers Project aimed to celebrate and discover the heritage of the Dukesfield Arches & lead carriers' routes between Blaydon and the lead mines of Allendale and Weardale. A two year community project, it was led by the Friends of the North Pennines in partnership with Hexhamshire and Slaley Parish Councils and the active support of Allendale Estates. It was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the generous support of other sponsors. Friends of the North Pennines: Charity No:1137467