Visit & explore

Explore the North Pennines

Visit & explore

Explore this fantastic landscape and enjoy a warm welcome from the people of the North Pennines! Over the winter we’ll be adding more information on what to see and do in the AONB. 

As you explore you’ll find open heather moors, delightful dales, tumbling upland rivers, wonderful woods, close-knit communities, glorious waterfalls, fantastic birds, stone-built villages, intriguing imprints of a mining and industrial past, distinctive plants, fascinating invertebrates and much, much more.

Visit the interactive map to download walks, trails and attractions to help you explore the area.


Did you know…

3 days ago
What might look like hieroglyphics in the landscape are actually wader scrapes, new habitats created to help the many breeding wading birds that come to the #NorthPenninesAONB every year. More here 👉 1/2
3 days ago
Join our webinar celebrating #curlews with Christina Taylor, Curlew LIFE Project Officer, & a 'drawalong' with artist Alex Jakob-Whitworth (which anyone can take part in using materials you have at home).
Book here:
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4 days ago
Join our webinar on the history & restoration of a #FellfootForward heritage community building - the challenges, top tips & info useful for other community buildings looking to renovate. Book here: NorthPennAONB photo
5 days ago
Bowlees Visitor Centre in Upper Teesdale, our gateway to the #NorthPenninesAONB, is open again every day from 10am to 4pm.
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We're pleased to be open again at #Bowlees Visitor Centre, with takeaway available from the cafe, gifts and local produce in the shop, and information on what to see and do in the #NorthPenninesAONB. Open daily 10am to 4pm
1 week ago
Wildlife-friendly gardening tip no.5: Don’t buy peat-enriched compost.
Peat stores carbon, helps flood control & provides vital habitats for unique wildlife. Peat-free compost works just as well in your garden & means we protect the remaining peat bogs.
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