North Pennines AONB
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