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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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Weardale trip July 2017

Weardale is a really beautiful place to visit especially if you like walking, industirial... read more

Reviewed 1 August 2017
Ruth H
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Goole, United Kingdom
Stunning but the trails can be poorly signed and dangerous in places

we walked the pennine in the north pennines and these have been some of my favorite vistas. The... read more

Reviewed 27 July 2017
travellingsteenz
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Marrakech, Morocco, Africa
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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 August 2017

Weardale is a really beautiful place to visit especially if you like walking, industirial archeology and geology. There are places for families to visit in the area sush as the Killhope lead mining Museum. We recommend you explore some of the smaller roads to find...More

Thank Ruth H
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Reviewed 27 July 2017

we walked the pennine in the north pennines and these have been some of my favorite vistas. The area is ancient and full of history with great views and absolutely gorgeous scenery. My main gripes are with the trail maintenance. The signage can be poor...More

Thank travellingsteenz
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Reviewed 25 July 2017 via mobile

Awesome views! Tranquil atmosphere! A place to kick back relax and admire the ever changing landscapes.

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Reviewed 16 July 2017 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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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
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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
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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
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