What we do

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism

Tourism in the North Pennines is based on the area’s natural assets or special qualities, qualities which also lie at the heart of quality of life for local people.

The AONB Partnership works in a variety of ways with tourism organisations, businesses and communities to promote sustainable tourism – tourism which takes into account the needs of the environment, local residents, businesses and visitors – both now and in the future.

2019 Tourism Forum

The fourth North Pennines Tourism Forum was held on Thursday 2 May 2019. The theme was ‘Digital Landscapes’… developing, integrating and interacting. Over 50 people attended and went away buzzing with ideas to embrace digital in their own businesses.

Locator Logos

To help businesses, community groups, individuals and charities to gain benefit from being located in/operating in the North Pennines AONB & UNESCO Global Geopark the AONB Partnership has produced a series of five Locator Logos.

Tourism Working Group

The responsible tourism work of the AONB Partnership is guided by its Tourism Working Group. The group meets three times a year and is chaired by Pauline Elliott/Ian Baker – owners and managers of Ninebanks Youth Hostel.

Sustainable Tourism Enews

The AONB Partnership produces an enewsletter designed for tourism businesses in and around the North Pennines. If you’d like to be added to the list – send an email to shane@northpenninesaonb.org.uk


People come to the area to experience and discover its stunning landscapes, wildlife, dark night skies, colourful hay meadows, glorious waterfalls, moorland expanses and cultural heritage.

To maximise the benefits of the area as a destination where visitors can ‘get away from it all’ and experience what makes the area special without compromising the environment and local people’s quality of life we need a responsible approach to marketing the area and a responsible industry to back up the claims.

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