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The North Pennines offers a huge variety of walking experiences in a nationally designated landscape full of character and features to enrich your visit!   

Visit Explore North Pennines 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.

From the challenges of the open moorland landscape of the fells, to the more intimate feel of the dales, if you're into walking you'll love the many opportunities that the North Pennines offers!

Network of routes

The North Pennines is a great walking destination. There's everything from challenging long distance routes like the Pennine Way National Trail to gentle riverside rambles. You'll find a good network of Public Rights of Way throughout each dale, integrated with the expansive rights of open access.

Leaflets and guides

The AONB Partnership produces a wide variety of themed, self-guided, walks booklets and leaflets. There are also a large number of walking guides produced by others, available for the area. A good way to find out about good walks is to contact the nearest  information centre to where you are planning to visit. Alternatively you can access a selection of downloadable guides in our publications section.

Enjoying High Cup Nick on the Eastern Fellside
Walkers on the Pennine Way National Trail in Teesdale
Walkers enjoy a guided walk in the South Tyne Valley