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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. Consider using public transport to travel to your start point - or try exploring near to where you are staying. Have a think about staying overnight rather than making two day visits.

By train

  • Durham and Darlington stations on the East Coast main line with bus or local rail connections.  
  • From the Newcastle to Carlisle line through the Tyne valley, stations at Brampton, Hexham, Haydon Bridge and Haltwhistle.
  • 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 comnnections 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) 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 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.

On foot

  • Contact the nearest information centre to where you are staying or look at our walking pages for information on local walk routes.
Buses can be a great way to explore the North Pennines 
Cycling near Unthank on the Hartside Packhorse Trail