“The head of the lane”, is the most remote and highest of the villages in Stanhope Parish.
The fells above the village border Cumbria to the west and Northumberland to the north.
The Killhope Lead Mining Museum is a popular tourist attraction. The original wheel can still be seen in action. It was used to crush the lead ore brought out from the surrounding mines.
The “Weardale Way” begins its journey in the surrounding hills and follows the Killhope burn down the Dale.
The village’s name was derived from the hills where the cows used to gather to be milked.
The whin sill can be seen at the disused quarry and waterfall in the hamlet of Burtree Ford. This fault line runs from High Force in Teesdale, through Northumberland to the Farne Islands off the North East Coast.
Both villages have a good community spirit. There are a variety of events held in the village hall at Cowshill, the Saturday coffee morning is very popular with locals and visitors. The food and hospitality offered at the Cowshill Hotel is renowned throughout County Durham.