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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.

North Pennines Latest

Kids at Killhope

North Pennines designated as a UNESCO Global Geopark

Official recognition for the AONB

Hearse House

Hearse House Gets New Lease Of Life

Work gets underway in the Allen Valleys

Zeta Orionis photographed from rookhope by Graham Relf

Wrap Up Warm For A Night With The Stars

Dark Skies events throughout the winter

Father Christmas and friends

Welcome To Our Wonderful Winter Wonderland

Book your place for a host of festive fun at Bowlees Visitor Centre