North Pennines AONB

What’s special?

Special qualities

The North Pennines is one of England’s most special places – a peaceful, unspoilt landscape with a rich history and vibrant natural beauty.


The North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and UNESCO Global Geopark is a stunning landscape of open heather moors, dramatic dales, tumbling upland rivers, wonderful woods, close knit communities, glorious waterfalls, fantastic birds, colourful hay meadows, stone-built villages, intriguing imprints of a mining and industrial past and distinctive plants. The area has many distinctive geology and landscape features, significant archaeology and supports important biodiversity in a range of key habitats.

The North Pennines:

  • has 40% of the UK’s upland hay meadows
  • contains 30% of England’s upland heathland and 27% of its blanket bog
  • is home to 80% of England’s black grouse
  • is a place to see short-eared owl, ring ouzel, snipe and redshank
  • has important habitats – 36% of the AONB is designated as Sites of Special Scientific Interest
  • has red squirrels, otters and rare arctic alpine plants
  • is the upland England’s hotspot for breeding wading birds
  • enjoys peace, tranquility and fabulous night skies
  • boasts England’s biggest waterfall – High Force in Upper Teesdale

What’s special?

You may also like...

Did you know…