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 Getting here and getting around

Even if you don't arrive in the North Pennines on public transport - why not consider giving your car a break for a day or two whilst you're here? Hire a bike, take a bus or simply go for a walk! 

Walking, cycling and horse riding are some of the best ways to discover the North Pennines landscape. Try exploring near to where you are staying.Why not stay overnight rather than making day visits?

By train

  • Durham and Darlington stations on the East Coast main line.
  • Bishop Auckland on the branch line from Darlington. 
  • Brampton, Hexham, Haydon Bridge and Haltwhistle on teh Newcastle to Carlisle line
  • From the Settle Carlisle Railway, stations at Kirkby Stephen, Appleby, Langwathby and Carlisle get you in walking or cycling distance of parts of the North Pennines.
  • From the West Coast main line, there are bus and local rail connections from Penrith and Carlisle.
  • National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50.

By bus

By car

  • If you do drive, please SLOW down! Sheep and their lambs (and birds and other animals) can often be found on the area's moorland roads. Driving more slowly and smoothly will also help reduce your fuel consumption.
  • The North Pennines is easily accessible from the A66 cross Pennine route between Scotch Corner and the M6 at Penrith.
  • The A69 Newcastle to Carlisle provides links to the northern section of the AONB.
  • The M1/A1 provides access from the south, while the A68 brings you into the area from the east.

By sea

Ferries from nearby Tyneside operate to Holland, Germany and Scandinavia:

  • DFDS Seaways - 08705 333000
  • Fjordline - 0191 2961313

By bike

  • Bring your own or hire one once you're here. Why not have a go on an electric bike?

On foot

Buses can be a great way to explore the North Pennines
Cycling near Unthank on the Hartside Packhorse Trail