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Welcome to the North Pennines

This is one of England's most special places - a stunning landscape of open heather moors and peatlands, attractive dales and hay meadows, tumbling upland rivers, wonderful woods, welcoming communities, intriguing imprints of a mining and industrial past, distinctive birds, animals and plants and much, much more. In recognition of its special qualities the area has been designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The North Pennines is also a UNESCO Global Geopark - highlighting its globally important Earth heritage.

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.

North Pennines Latest

Nine Standards Rigg on Wainwrights Coast to Coast

Funding Success To Repair Historic Footpath

Crowdfunding campaign to pave the way for generations of walkers

Alistair Lockett from the AONB Partnership Staff Unit monitoring young wildflower plants

Your Visitor Centre Needs You!

Come and get your hands dirty at Bowlees Visitor Centre

Schoolchildren learn about the variety of plants in an allendale hay meadow

Young Adventurers Wanted!

Be part of a new nature club at Bowlees Visitor Centre.

Group enjoying Bowlees Visitor Centre

New nature trail and mud kitchen at Bowlees Visitor Centre

We're open for half-term fun!