North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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The North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) 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, distinctive plants and much, much more. As well as being an AONB the North Pennines is also a European and Global Geopark - a status endorsed by UNESCO. The AONB is a distinctive landscape of high moorland and broad upland dales in the North of England. It shares a boundary with the Yorkshire Dales National Park in the south and extends as far as the Tyne Valley, just south of Hadrain's Wall, in the north. Parts of the North Pennines AONB are in the three counties of Cumbria, Durham and Northumberland. An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is exactly what it says it is: an outstanding landscape whose distinctive character and natural beauty are so precious that it is in the nation's interest to safeguard them.There are 46 AONBs in Britain (33 wholly in England, four wholly in Wales, one which straddles the English/Welsh border and eight in Northern Ireland) and they cover 18% of our countryside. AONBs are designated in recognition of their national importance and to ensure that their character and qualities are protected for all to enjoy.
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  • Laura T
    Middlesbrough, United Kingdom6,607 contributions
    such beautiful scenery... we walked 35kms and the views only got better!
    We were walking our last stage of the Teesdale Way, from Middleton in Teesdale to the end point at Dufton. This part of the Teesdale Way follows the Pennine Way (in fact there are no signs at all for the Teesdale Way here). We really lucked out with the weather as it was a beautiful sunny day with blue blue skies... But literally every hour of the walk just got better and better! From walking through beautiful fields in flower following pretty little streams, to rejoining the River Tees and walking up the river to great views at Low Force and then right peering down into the thunderous depths from the very top of High Force! (both reviewed separately) The unexpected big highlights of our walk were the spectacular views at High Cup Nick and fun scrambling around Cauldron Snout (also reviewed separately). It simply cannot be over exaggerated just how spectacular these are. We took nearly 1000 photos on our 11 hour walk - yup I got carried away! But there really is such beauty practically at every step of this walk, whichever way you look! We would recommend to anyone that is relatively fit and agile to spend a few days in this area and to walk as much as possible, as this is the only way to find all these special hidden places!
    Written July 6, 2021
  • Mark B
    Preston, United Kingdom37 contributions
    Beautiful area, unspoilt, good attractions and quieter than Dales or Lakes
    Worth it, should be a national park, lovely attractions, rolling fells, lovely dales, some big hills and beautiful reservoirs.
    Thanks for your review of the North Pennines - it's much appeciated
    Written May 4, 2016
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    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 1, 2014
  • olivanova
    Brighton, United Kingdom121 contributions
    our first trip to this area-
    we stayed 4 nights in Middleton in Teesdale which we found to be a great location for the exploring we did. Places visited included the Bowlees Visitor centre for parking to walk to Low Force and High Force waterfalls. We had the OS map for the area but there are lots of well marked walks of varying lengths including the very pleasant disused rail path of Teesdale way as well as the Pennine way of course! The views were stunning all around whether walking by the river or away from it. Visited Eggleston Hall Gardens -reviewed separately and also further afield one day to Hadrian's wall where the excellent Roman Museum at Vindolanda was well worth the time we spent there. Experienced the bleak atmosphere at the World Heritage site at Housesteads garrison. An AONB we will be returning to most certainly.
    Thanks for your glowing review - it's appreciated :) I hope you've been back since! It's still just as glorious!
    Written May 4, 2016
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    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 15, 2014
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purpletravelat
Nottinghamshire, UK556 contributions
Sep 2012 • Couples
This is an excellent short walk on a hard surface to visit a wonderful waterfall.
There is a parking charge of about £2 and an entrance fee of between £1 and £1.50. The Force is excellent and well worth the money and walk of about 3/4 mile there and back.
It is on the B6277 near Newbiggin between Barnard Castle and Alston. There are plenty of other walks in the are that are clearly signposted.
Written September 17, 2012
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olibot
Bishop Auckland, UK1,250 contributions
Jun 2017 • Couples
This is a beautiful area of the country. I drive through it on a regular basis. I have stopped and walked around and explored. There are lots of black & brown grouse and a great area to explore and air very long dog walks.
Written July 8, 2018
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Thank you for taking the time to review your visits to the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) - sounds like you enjoy it on a regular basis :)
Written March 2, 2020
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sheepygold
london5,251 contributions
Mar 2018 • Friends
This area has some fantastic scenery if you seek it out as well as some beautiful villages and interesting attractions. I have driven many of the less traveled roads and these tend to be where the best views are found. In terms of villages Middleton in Teesdale, Allendale and especially Blanchland are worth looking out. Alston is interesting too and is rather nicer since it has received investment but I would not necessarily travel here especially unless heading to or from the Lakes. As far as roads go the lanes over the Moors from Upper Teesdale to Upper Weardale (Langdon Beck to Start John's Chapel )are wild and beautiful as is the road from Stanhope to Blanchland and Blanchland via Rookhope to Allenheads. All of these roads are well maintained and whilst narrow and steep can be driven in 2 wheel drive cars. There are waterfalls which I have never particularly found spectacular. For museums try Killhope Lead Mining Museum. The Durham Dales Centre at Stanhope are very helpful plus there is a good cafe there. For locally produced crafts there is a shop in the Durham Dales Centre, at The Forge in Allendale and opposite the White Monk Tearoom in Blanchland plus a new gallery in the centre of Alston. For a atmospheric drink after a long hike The Lord Crewe in Blanchland is incomparable if expensive.
Written March 21, 2018
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Thank you for your review of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) - it certainly sounds like you know the area well :)
Written March 2, 2020
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olibot
Bishop Auckland, UK1,250 contributions
Jul 2017 • Couples
This is a beautiful area of the country. I drive through it on a regular basis. I have also stopped and walked around and explored. There are lots of black & brown grouse and a great area to explore and air very long dog walks
Written July 16, 2017
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Irene M
Sherborne, UK10 contributions
Jul 2015 • Couples
Yes it is spectacular scenery!! Tranquility and peace reign here. You do travel miles around to do anything but it is a joy to do so. However, do choose your accommodation carefully if you want to come back each day from your excursions to a comfortable setting. We had a truly bad experience and could not change our accommodation as we had paid upfront with no refunds which marred our otherwise fabulous holiday. Some people may choose the Spartan experience( no mains water, limited supply of electricity, camping style breakfasts and brown stream water) We did not find out this until we got there as we went on rave reviews from others. So, if you like your home comforts ask questions when booking about facilities. This review is about the AREA and that is why we have given it 5 stars. We found it better than the Lake District and far less crowded!
Written July 27, 2015
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Thank you for your review it's appreciated - the North Pennines isn't an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty for nothing! Sorry you've had a bad experience with your accommodation - I can assure you that there are lots of really comfortable, welcoming and fabulous places to stay in the area
Written March 2, 2020
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PeterN.E.England
Wolsingham, UK146 contributions
May 2015 • Couples
The North Pennine area is as dramatic in it's scenic beauty as the neighbouring Lake District but not as well known or visited. A few battered tin signs on the roadways inform that you have arrived there.

The AONB team based at Stanhope Weardale has a remit to protect, promote and develop the area. However they seem to lack any business acumen in their efforts which are mainly limited to obscure projects which do little to encourage tourist growth in an area which is economically challenged.

The AONB is well worth a visit for its scenery but please don't expect a functioning tourist economy. Be prepared to find pubs and restaurants closed and a not too friendly welcome and poor food when they are. There is very little to entertain the visitor apart from natural attractions and the odd mining museum or two.
Written May 3, 2015
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Vicar100
Greeneville, TN765 contributions
Jan 2015 • Family
Fantastic Hiking and Cycling country. The place to stay fit and admire wonderful scenery. The town names are so inviting.
Written February 10, 2015
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terence h
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK222 contributions
Jan 2015 • Couples
when we went we were very lucky as the weather was very good.The countryside was lovelyand there were plenty of places to visit
Written February 2, 2015
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Thanks for your review of the North Pennines - it's appreciated :)
Written May 4, 2016
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kym0392
Barnard Castle, UK146 contributions
Aug 2014 • Family
Beautiful area, fabulous for walkers & hikers, with plenty of great local hotels, pubs & cafes. Well worth a visit.
Written August 24, 2014
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Thanks for your review - it's appreciated. I'm pleased you've had a good visit to the North Pennines - hurry back!
Written May 4, 2016
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Ashley B
Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, UK25 contributions
Apr 2014 • Couples
must be one of the most beautiful places in the world , ive been all over the world and have never seen anything that compares to this area . we love travelling this region when ever we can . so much to see and the people here are so friendly
Written April 14, 2014
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I've got to agree you there (although I'm obviously biased). Hope you been back and continue to enjoy the dramatic North Pennines.
Written May 4, 2016
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