Population: 307 Grid Reference: NY883380 54.737, -2.180
St. John's Chapel, Weardale

St. John's Chapel

Village on A689 in Upper Weardale, Co. Durham between Ireshopeburn and Daddry Shield.  Originally a Medieval hunting stop, St. John's Chapel became a centre for lead mining in the 17th Century.  The Weardale Extension Railway had a stop here and carried
Upper Weardale Town Hall limestone, flourspar, iron ore and lead ore from the mines to the industrial areas of the north-east of England.  Passenger traffic on the railway ceased in 1953 and the line was closed to all traffic ten years later.

The village is popular with cyclists being on the C2C Cycle Route Weardale Alternative.  There are two pubs here, the Blue Bell and the Golden Lion and a café, the Chatterbox.

The Weardale Show is an annual event which is organised by the  Weardale Agricultural Society and is held in the last weekend in August.

Upper Weardale Town Hall