Welcome to the North Pennines
This is one of England’s most special places
It is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and a UNESCO Global Geopark. The North Pennines AONB team works to conserve and enhance the natural beauty of the area, and we focus on nature recovery and helping people to make an emotional connection with nature. Find out what we do
The North Pennines is 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. To explore the area visit our interactive map:
Did you know…
The North Pennines AONB has 16 Dark Sky Discovery sites
In 2018 49,000 people came to our Bowlees Visitor Centre
3400 people came to events in our three North Pennines Stargazing Festivals
We've restored 35,000Ha of peatlands - that's >3 x the size of Newcastle!
5 ‘do in a day’ packhorse routes to choose from
73 of our walking, cycling and riding trails available here.