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Cover of Reading the Rocks book
Cover of Reading the Rocks book

Reading the Rocks

Discover the remarkable story of the North Pennine landscape in a brand new book from the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership.

500 million years of geology...Reading the Rocks: exploring the geology and landscape of the North Pennines explains how the rocks reveal dramatic evidence of a deep ocean and violent volcanoes, colliding continents and molten rock, tropical seas and lush rainforests, hot water and minerals, desert dunes and vast ice sheets. And in the last few thousand years - just the blink of an eye in geological terms - North Pennine people have further shaped the landscape with settlements, mines, quarries and farms.


Using colourful illustrations, photographs and non-technical writing, this soft back book shows how, by spotting clues in the landscape and 'reading the rocks' readers can explore the North Pennines' incredible journey through time.

You can see sample pages of the book by clicking on the pdf at the bottom of the page.

Reading the Rocks is priced at £8 (£4 for Friends of the North Pennines members - to find out how to become a 'Friend' go to and download the application form).

Where to get your copy

The book can be bought from the AONB Partnership office in Stanhope or can be ordered by writing to North Pennines AONB Partnership, Weardale Business Centre, The Old Co-op Building, 1 Martin Street, Stanhope, Bishop Auckland, County Durham DL13 2UY.  Please enclose a cheque for the full amount (includes postage and packing) made out to 'Friends of the North Pennines'. Don't forget to include your address, phone number and email address so that we can contact you about your order if we need to (your details will not be used for any other reason).

You can also pay by credit/debit card over the phone by calling the AONB Partnership (Mon-Fri) on 01388 528801 and asking for Aimee Lee.

Postal costs

1 copy: £9.80; Friends of the North Pennines members' 50% discount: £5.80

2 copies: £18:35; Friends of the North Pennines members' 50% discount: £10.35

3 copies: £26.35; Friends of the North Pennines members' 50 % discount: £14.35

For further information please contact the North Pennines AONB Partnership office on 01388 528801, or email




Please click below to view a copy of this document:

PDF iconReading-the-Rocks-pages-3-6.pdf (3 pages, 258kb)

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