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Curlew among the heather

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

Bob Pendlebury on Mickle Fell in 1987


Scouring the landscape for your North Pennines hero

Nominations have opened for The Pendlebury Award

Allen Valleys

Millions of pounds worth of investment for the Allen Valleys

Conserving and celebrating the landscape

Four-spot chaser (c)

Stepping back into Stanhope's past

A walk through Stanhope Dene

Bowlees Visitor Centre

Your landscape needs you!

Bowlees Visitor Centre is looking for volunteers