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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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Bowlees Visitor Centre

Exciting Business Opportunity

Sound Like Your Cup Of Tea?

Alistair Lockett from the AONB Partnership Staff Unit monitoring young wildflower plants

Your Visitor Centre Needs You!

Come and get your hands dirty at Bowlees Visitor Centre

Photograph of AONB Peatland Programme team winning a climate change award

Partnership's Peatland Programme Wins Award For Climate Change

Restoration Of North Pennines Peatland Is Praised

Zeta Orionis photographed from rookhope by Graham Relf

Wrap Up Warm For A Night With The Stars

Dark Skies events throughout the winter