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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 European and 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.

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Save Our Swallows

Swallow in flight

Stained glass fragment

Altogether Archeaology - End of Project

Join us at Durham Cathedral to mark the end of this five-year project

The rare moss cader bee gathering nectar

Feed the Bees

Help our stripy friends!

Four-spot chaser (c)

Bug Trolley

Investigate invertebrates more closely