"The Weardale mines continued to enrich the speculators for centuries.... This wealth was reflected in the growth of the small town of Stanhope down on the river."
The Companion Guide to Northumbria. Edward Grierson. 1976.
On this short stretch of river the road and railway are never far away and half the bridges are railway ones. Stanhope is an old market town and the biggest settlement in Weardale. It is a popular tourist destination and the terminus of the Weardale Railway.
The town has only one road bridge, a very old one and a footbridge links the centre with riverside walks on the south side of the Wear.
The passenger Stanhope - Bishop Auckland Community Service on Weardale Railway was discontinued at the end of 2011.