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.
The North Pennines Walking Festival (organised by the Friends of the North Pennines) is running again in 2018. The purpose of the festival is to help local people and visitors to understand and enjoy the landscape of the AONB and UNESCO Global Geopark. It is running between Saturday 30 June and Sunday 15 July. Find out more and booking information here.
The Haltwhistle Walking Festival dates for 2018 are:
- Spring – Saturday 28 April – Monday 7 May
- Autumn – Saturday 29 September – Sunday 7 October
There are a variety of walks in the programmes – in the North Pennines, along Hadrian’s Wall and in Northumberland National Park. More information here
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.