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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

Common lizard

Cold Blooded and Spineless project announced

It's a bug's life!

Zeta Orionis photographed from rookhope by Graham Relf

A sky full of stars in the North Pennines

More Dark Sky Sites announced

Close up image of ash leaves

Woodland Management scheme in the Allen Valleys

Help for landowners

Sphagnum moss

Peatland restoration is a huge success

North Pennines' bare peat is transformed