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North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)

North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (c) Charlie Hedley

The North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), incorporates much of the Durham Dales, and 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 UNESCO-endorsed accolade awarded to areas with world-class geology. Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty are recognised as the equal of our National Parks and were established with the purpose of conserving and enhancing natural beauty so you'll be sure of finding some spectacular landscapes with plenty of opportunities to explore on foot and on bikes.


So welcome to the North Pennines, a place where you can stretch your legs, spread your wings and explore one of the finest landscapes in England. This place has inspired many of Britain's most famous artists, writers and people of ideas for centuries. Come and let it inspire you too!

Awards

  • Green AwardsGreen Tourism Business Scheme - Gold Green Tourism Business Scheme - Gold 2014

Opening Times

Open All Year

What's nearby...

  1. Ashbrow Cottage

    Ashbrow is a beautiful 3 bedroom cottage with breathtaking views across the upper Pennines, set in...

    1.8 miles away
  2. Dales Farm

    Dales Farm is a traditional stone farmhouse providing quality bed & breakfast accommodation...

    2.06 miles away
  3. Hill House East

    The warmest of welcomes awaits you at Hill House East.


    Come and be spoilt at our unique...

    2.24 miles away
  4. Weardale Cottage

    Charming stone cottage, originally two one-up one-down houses, comprising lounge, dining room,...

    2.44 miles away
  1. Low Cornriggs Farm

    The farmhouse has recently undergone extensive refurbishment bringing it back to its former glory,...

    2.48 miles away
  2. Cornriggs Cottages

    Stay at Alice and Nelly Cottages and wake up to panoramic dale views and bird song in the heart of...

    2.48 miles away
  3. The Cottage Westgate

    Tucked away in a peaceful and friendly village this stone built, single storey, detached property...

    2.5 miles away
  4. Black Dog House

    Newly refurbished character 19th Century 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom house. Sleeps 6 + 4. Log fires and...

    2.54 miles away
  5. The Byre

    High up in the North Pennines AONB with spectacular views over some of the most peaceful and...

    2.78 miles away
  6. Lands Farm

    A warm welcome awaits you at Lands Farm, conveniently situated within walking distance of the...

    2.8 miles away
  7. Beckleshele

    Beckleshele is set off the beaten track in a remote location 1400ft up in the moorlands of Upper...

    3.28 miles away
  8. Killhope – The North of England Lead Mining Museum – The Yurts

    If you've ever wanted to sleep under the starry sky but also like your home comforts then come to...

    3.89 miles away
  9. Langdon Beck YHA

    Ideal base for individuals, family and group visitors to the North Pennines Area of Outstanding...

    4.64 miles away
  10. Hill Top B&B Killhope

    Hill Top is aptly named being located at the very top of Weardale. We are also at the centre of the...

    4.67 miles away
  11. Hill Top Cottage Killhope

    Located at 1800ft (550 metres) above sea level the aptly named Hill Top puts you at the very heart...

    4.67 miles away
  12. Barrington Bunkhouse

    The Barrington Bunkhouse is situated at Rookhope village in the stunning surroundings of the...

    5.32 miles away
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