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North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

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1 Martin Street | Stanhope, Weardale Business Centre, The Old Co-op Building, Bishop Auckland DL13 2UY, England
+44 1388 528801
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Often forgotten

This is a beautiful area of the country. I drive through it on a regular basis. I have also stopped... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
olibot
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Durham, United Kingdom
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Naturally beautiful

My introduction to this beautiful part of the North of England, was looking down on the Wear Valley... read more

Reviewed 16 April 2017
MedEngland
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England
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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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1 Martin Street | Stanhope, Weardale Business Centre, The Old Co-op Building, Bishop Auckland DL13 2UY, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

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

Thank olibot
Reviewed 16 April 2017

My introduction to this beautiful part of the North of England, was looking down on the Wear Valley from the A63 (Darlington to Corbridge road), especially the section between Fir Tree to Tow Law. This has made me think of planning a tour along the...More

Thank MedEngland
Reviewed 4 March 2017

Wonderful uncrowded countryside with big views and the spectacular High Force, where the River Tees falls 71 feet over a cliff edge.

Thank Tony R
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Went here on way home from Bishops Auckland, it is a lovely area and well worth a visit. Very pretty this time of year, with some snow on the hills.

Thank jetsaver
Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

It never fails to amaze me that whatever the season or weather there are a wide range of walks for all abilities in a wonderful part of the country.

Thank John L
Reviewed 5 September 2016

Escape the crowds and tourists and explore Weardale, County Durham and the North Pennines. There are many local gems from amazing scenery and natural features to historic landmarks and incredible attractions. Just don't tell too many others. ;)

Thank Mindwraith
Reviewed 5 September 2016

great views superb for walking - get down and close to nature will look forward to coming back when we get a chance

Thank MLWales
Reviewed 31 July 2016

Gorgeous countryside with the most amazing views no matter the weather. Lots of little villages to visit and streams to paddle in. There are several places to stop for lunch or refreshments. Look out for the farmers selling goods on their walls with honesty boxes...More

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Reviewed 21 July 2016

This a beautiful part of the world, brilliant for long walks and pub lunches away from the crowd. I would encourage everyone to keep away. But if you do go please spend some money in the local pubs, shops and accommodations.

Thank RegHollis
Reviewed 27 June 2016 via mobile

We spent a week in the North Pennines based at Burnhope lodge, Wearhead. The views were fantastic as we criss crossed County Durham, Cumbria and Northumberland. This is a truly beautiful place which is supplemented by the warm friendly people. I would highly recommend a...More

Thank Mark C
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