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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

Buggingham Palace

Buggingham Palace Opens at Bowlees Visitor Centre

Creature Comforts

Children experiementing with peat at Celebrating Science week

For Peat's Sake - Let's Celebrate!

A two-day event to celebrate the 10th birthday of our Peatland Programme

Bob Pendlebury setting out on a walk in 1995

Nominations Open For The Pendlebury Award

Tell Us About Your Countryside Hero

The rare moss cader bee gathering nectar


Is Your Garden a Hive of Activity?

Bumblebee Surveys