Welcome to the North Pennines

This is one of England’s most special places

– 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.

In recognition of its special qualities the area has been designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The North Pennines is also a UNESCO Global Geopark – highlighting its globally important Earth heritage.

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Did you know…

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

  • We restored 273ha of grassland through our Nectarworks project

  • 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!

  • 3400 people came to events in our three North Pennines Stargazing Festivals

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

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

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