Hebden Lead Mines

Hebden lead mines, North Yorkshire

People think of the Yorkshire Dales as all rolling hills, sheep, farmhouses and craggy mountains, but that’s not the full picture. North Yorkshire also has an industrial history. Not far east from the quaint stone shops of Grassington, you can visit the derelict Hebden lead mines, which flank Hebden Beck.

It’s difficult to imagine what it would have looked like there in the first half of 19th century, when this village would have regularly been full of black-faced miners and their horses. Nowadays, all you see are hikers and their dogs.

Now, all that remains are strange stone ruins, odd boulders and wide footpaths which follow the beck down the hill to the village.

Hebden Beck, North Yorkshire

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