Visit & explore



The North Pennines offers a huge variety of walking experiences in a nationally designated landscape full of character and features to enrich your visit!

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!

On our Visit & explore page we have several walking routes which you can find on the map, along with pdfs to inform you about interesting facts whilst you walk.

Network of routes

The North Pennines is a great walking destination. There’s everything from challenging long distance routes like the Pennines 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.

Walking Festivals

The Haltwhistle Walking Festival dates for 2020 are:

  • Spring: 2nd May – 10th May
  • Autumn: To be confirmed

There are a variety of walks in the programmes – in the North Pennines, along Hadrian’s Wall and in Northumberland National Park.

More information can be found on the Haltwhistle Walking Festival website

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 by checking out the ‘More about…’ section at the side of this page or by referring to our map on the Visit & Explore page.

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