We have interpreted Dukesfield Arches and the carriers routes in a variety of ways. You can download walk, tour, family guide and ride leaflets here, and we have an interactive map of the lead heritage of the area in the History section of this website.

We also have four interpretive panels: one at Blaydon adjacent to the site of the old lead refinery, on the Keelman’s Way multi user route, and the other three are at the Dukesfield Arches.

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The first introduces the site and its history using reconstruction drawings of the smelt mill. They also explain how the smelt mill was powered by water and peat, and show what we found out through our archaeological investigations of the chimneys and flues across the tops of the Arches.


(c) David Edwick

(c) David Edwick













Finally we have marked the carriers’ routes close to the lead mines which fed into Dukesfield Smelt Mill. Three stone carved milestones of the pack ponies are placed along the routes, one at Killhope Lead Mining Museum, one at Old Man Bottom, where the Black Way fords the River Allen at Sinderhope in the Allen Valleys, and the third is next to the Arches themselves

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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