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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

NIck Baker WildWatch

Nick Baker commends the work of WildWatch volunteers

BBC Autumnwatch presenter visits the North Pennines

The rare moss cader bee gathering nectar

Seeking veteran beekeepers

Nectarworks project looking to collect tales of a traditional pastime

North Pennines News 2012 cover pic

First North Pennines Toursim Seminar announced

Monday 17 November at Deneholme Country House, Allendale

Image of conservation trainees, Alistair Lockett and Claire Hutchinson surveying a North Pennines haymeadow

Conservation training opportunities in the North Pennines

Bursary available for 12 month traineeship