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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

Lionel Playford's Peatland inspired art

The North Pennines peatland inspires art exhibition at Bowlees Visitor Centre

See Lionel Playford's captivating work throughout July and August

Dave Kidd & Helen Hambleton at Bowlees Visitor Centre

S&A Builders' Merchants lay the foundations for the future of wildlife

A helping hand for wildlife

Botanist Ruth Starr-Keddle in hay meadow

Seeking to survey the wild flowers of the North Pennines

Do you know of a flower-rich patch?

North Pennines Electric Bike Network

North Pennines Electric Bike Network launched

Exploring the North Pennines with ease