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Explore this fantastic landscape and enjoy a warm welcome from the people of the North Pennines!   

As you explore you'll find open heather moors, delightful dales, tumbling upland rivers, wonderful woods, close knit communities, glorious waterfalls, fantastic birds, stone-built villages, intriguing imprints of a mining and industrial past, distinctive plants and much, much more!

Visit the Explore North Pennines portal to discover the amazing range of activities available across the AONB. At the heart of this site is an interactive map which will allow you to search by activity, interest and location.


The North Pennines can be split up into five distinct areas:

Wildlife galore!

The North Pennines is an excellent place to get to grips with nature, wildlife and earth heritage - 22,000 pairs of wading birds nest in the area, red squirrels are relatively easy to spot, upland hay meadows are blooming - what more could you ask for? In the North Pennines you'll find: 40% of the UK's upland hay meadows; 30% of England's upland heathland; 27% of its blanket bog; 80% of England's black grouse; red squirrels, otters and rare arctic alpine plants.

Great outdoors

Opportunities for quiet recreation - cycling (on and off-road), walking, horse ridingfishing, climbing, birdwatchingwater sportswinter sports - abound and are often the best way to appreciate the special qualities of the North Pennines.

Living landscape

Local communities, landowners, farmers and estate managers look after the living landscapes of the North Pennines. These people have helped shape the landscape for centuries and this continues today. Everyone who has an interest in the North Pennines has a responsibility to care for the AONB. You can do your bit by being a green visitor.

Looking ahead

Please help us to ensure that our children's children can also experience the splendour of this magical and inspiring landscape by following the Countryside Code and the Moorland Visitor’s Code.

Walkers enjoy a guided walk in the South Tyne Valley
Horseriders on the Hamsterley Packhorse Trail
Stagsike Cottages - RSPB's reserve base at Geltsdale