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“Marvellous Drive by”

North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed October 19, 2012

We didn't really go "here" so much as drive through it on the way from Hadrian's Wall to Kilhope lead mine. The drive was wonderful, even in the mist and rain - the weather added to the drama of the scene, and the drama was considerable.

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Reviewed September 17, 2012

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.

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Reviewed September 6, 2012

The area may not be as well known as the Lakes or the Dales and therefore is much quieter, but has some stunning scenery and great diversity of wildlife, flora and fauna

1  Thank Katharine S
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NorthPenninesAONB, Responsible Tourism Lead at North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, responded to this reviewResponded May 4, 2016

Thanks for taking the time to review the North Pennines :)

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Reviewed September 5, 2012

a truly spectacular wilderness to escape the 21st century.beautiful scenery and lovely walksgreat to visit any time of year

1  Thank richard130558
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Reviewed August 20, 2012

Never visitied this area and found teh palce just great- why go oevrseas on holiday ? we normally go to Spain or South of France, had a better time at "home"

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