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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

Photograph of author and blogger Tom Cox with his rescue cat, The Bear

Best-selling author to talk cats and countryside at Bowlees Visitor Centre

Tom Cox comes to Teesdale

Image of children exploring the great outdoors at Bowlees Visitor Centre

Wild Wednesdays Are Back!

Bees, blooms, campfire cooking, river dipping and more

Ina McMillan and Tony Husband

A Night of Comedy, Poetry and Cartoonery Comes To Bowlees Visitor Centre

Award winning poet and cartoonist team up in Teesdale

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Flowers on the Edge

Help protect our roadside verges