North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)

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North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)

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

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Opening Times

Open all year (1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2020)

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Highlights...

Waterfall at Gibson's Cave, situated nearby to Bowlees Visitor CentreBowlees Picnic Area, NewbigginThe picnic area is in a sheltered side valley of Teesdale. There are 4 waterfalls in the site and more falls alongside a footpath to Gibson's Cave.

bowlees Bowlees Visitor Centre - CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, NewbigginSituated amidst stunning woodland, near to Low and High Force waterfalls and surrounded by rolling fields that boast some of the best hay meadows in England, Bowlees Visitor Centre has all you need to make your visit to the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty a memorable one.

Walking in the North PenninesWalking in the North Pennines, StanhopeThe North Pennines has a vast rights of way network, including the Pennine Way National Trail, numerous circular walks and large areas of open access land making it a great place to go for a walk.

Stargazing in the North Pennines, StanhopeSome of the darkest skies in England are found in the North Pennines. Much of the area is remote, wild countryside with little development and the views of the night sky are second to none.

Waterfall at Gibson's Cave, situated nearby to Bowlees Visitor CentreBowlees Visitor Centre to Gibsons Cave -- Bowlees Visitor Centre currently closed but car park is open, NewbigginCenturies ago Viking invaders and settlers left their mark in the local dialect words of the Durham Dales.   The Old Norse word “foss” referred to a waterfall and still it echoes down the ages in the modern word “force”.   Close to Bowlees Visitor Centre a short walk leads to the local beauty spot…

What's Nearby

  1. Weardale Museum and High House Chapel

    **Exterior Viewing only until further notice**
    Small but fascinating volunteer run folk…

    0.5 miles away
  2. Killhope (Museum to remain closed)

    Refurbished in 2016, Killhope is a multi award winning Victorian lead mining museum…

    3.89 miles away
  3. High Force Waterfall

    High Force is one of the most impressive waterfalls in England. The River Tees has been…

    5.94 miles away
  1. Bowlees Visitor Centre - CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

    Situated amidst stunning woodland, near to Low and High Force waterfalls and surrounded…

    6.5 miles away
  2. Bowlees Visitor Centre to Gibsons Cave -- Bowlees Visitor Centre currently closed but car park is open

    Centuries ago Viking invaders and settlers left their mark in the local dialect words of…

    6.5 miles away
  3. Low Force Waterfall

    Low Force waterfall is part of the River Tees in beautiful Upper Teesdale. It is easily…

    6.75 miles away
  4. Weardale Railway

    The Weardale Railway follows the path of the River Wear and passes through the…

    8.15 miles away
  5. Carricks Picnic Area

    Riverside picnic area.

    10.52 miles away
  6. Hamsterley Forest

    Information point and tearoom, forest drive with children's play area. Four mile forest…

    14.5 miles away
  7. Hall Hill Farm - Open 18 July

    Award-winning farm attraction set in attractive countryside, see and touch the animals at…

    16.51 miles away
  8. Barnard Castle

    A spectacular fortress set on a high rock above the market town, Barnard Castle takes you…

    16.9 miles away
  9. Bowes Castle

    The massive ruins of Henry II's 12thC tower keep, set within the earthworks of a Roman…

    17.08 miles away
  10. The Witham

    The Witham is a community venue for theatre, music, art and social events, facilities…

    17.47 miles away
  11. St Mary's Barnard Castle with Whorlton

    St. Mary's Barnard Castle with Whorlton is a place of Peace, Worship and Spirituality…

    17.58 miles away
  12. The Bowes Museum - reopens Saturday 1st August

    An iconic building and Museum set in the vibrant market town of Barnard Castle in the…

    17.76 miles away
  13. Low Barns Nature Reserve and Visitor Centre

    One of our region’s most important wildlife sites, this wetland reserve, bordered by the…

    18.61 miles away
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