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:

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Did you know…

  • 5 ‘do in a day’ packhorse routes to choose from

  • The North Pennines AONB has 16 Dark Sky Discovery sites

  • We restored 273ha of grassland through our Nectarworks project

  • 73 of our walking, cycling and riding trails available here.

  • In 2018 49,000 people came to our Bowlees Visitor Centre

  • We've restored 35,000Ha of peatlands - that's >3 x the size of Newcastle!

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Seed collecting in flower-rich verges across the North Pennines AONB

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