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 Living North Pennines

This initiative was made possible with almost £2 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and led by the AONB Partnership.  

Launched at the beginning of 2008, the project has brought benefits to a wide range of wildlife and community initiatives. Six main elements focus mainly on the upper reaches of the Rivers Tees, Derwent and South Tyne, within the boundary of the North Pennines AONB and European and Global Geopark.

Living North Pennines is an initiative of the North Pennines AONB Partnership, with support from: the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Environment Agency, Northumbrian Water, English Heritage, the SITA Trust, Natural England, the Forestry Commission, Durham County Council, Northumberland County Council and Cumbria County Council.

The six elements of the Living North Pennines project:

  • Rivers and Reservoirs - improved access to key waterside sites has meant that more people can enjoy the sights and sounds of the riverbank or reservoir shoreline
  • Our North Pennines Stories - collecting and telling the stories of the people who have shaped today's North Pennines, to enrich the understanding and appreciation of the area
  • In the Footsteps of the Pack Ponies - Pack ponies once trod the high moors in their hundreds, transporting goods to far-off towns. Our spectacular cycling and horseriding routes follow in their footsteps
  • Learning in the North Pennines - It's great to get out of the classroom and into the North Pennines to use this fantastic environment as a rich and varied learning resource
  • Places to Live, Places to Work - Work is now complete on three of the four historic buildings in the AONB which show how human activity has shaped the North Pennine landscape.  The fourth site, Whitesykes and Bentyfield mines in Cumbria, will be completed in the spring of 2012.
  • Woodlands: Small but Perfectly Formed - A series of native broadleaf tree planting schemes have resulted in almost 250 hectares of woodland restored in the Blanchland, Alston, and Middleton areas

For more information please contact Jon Charlton (Living North Pennines Project Manager) on 01388 528801  (


The logo for the Living North Pennines project 
Tree planting on Alston Moor
Heritage Lottery Fund logo