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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

North Pennines AONB Partnership staff collect award

The North Pennines AONB Partnership's Bowlees Visitor Centre wins Gold at North East England Tourism Awards

Winners of the Best Small Visitor Attraction category

A drone being flown in Lunedale to study bear peat

A Unique View of North Pennines Peatland

Partnership project assess the peat damage in Teesdale

The rare moss cader bee gathering nectar

No Sting in these Tales

A film preview of Beekeeping in the North Pennines - An Oral History

Roman altar image from Whitley Castle

LiDAR Landscapes Launch

Join us in December to take part in our new archaeology project