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“North of England”

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.
County Durham
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79 reviews
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“North of England”
Reviewed 29 July 2013

this part of the country is so varied, beautiful scenery and quaint villages to visit, we live very close to the Pennines and love to visit the rugged moors with beautiful heather and spectacular scenery, Hill End, near Stanhope is a lovely spot for a picnic and of course Stanhope has the oldest fossilised tree just close to the parish church.

Visited August 2012
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Bradford, United Kingdom
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“Beautiful scenery - A68 Allensford to Darlington.”
Reviewed 15 May 2013

Travelling from Allensford to Darlington on the A68 we were amazed by the glorious views of open countryside . The road is pretty straight and therefore allowed plenty of opportunity for sightseeing on route .. rolling hills , fields dotted with sheep - FAB !

Visited May 2013
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Basildon, United Kingdom
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“Bobbing along the Border Trip”
Reviewed 13 May 2013

My wife and I like the vast open moorland and the opportunity to see the elusive Black Grouse is always a special treat, we have been in all the seasons of the year and the views are always magnificent.

Visited May 2013
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Giffnock
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“High views”
Reviewed 15 March 2013

We enjoyed exploring an area we did not know well. Snow lay around although the roads were mostly clear. We loved the quiet, wilderness feeling and the wonderful views. Blanchlands village was impressive, including the marvellous tearoom. Derwent Water was great for birdwatching and the walk around it (around 9 miles) gave good exercise. Allendale was interesting too and the towns of Hexham and Corrbridge (shops there fab.) An area well worth visiting

Visited March 2013
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NorthPenninesAONB, Responsible Tourism Lead at North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, responded to this review, 4 May 2016
Thanks for your review - hope you visit again!
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Durham, United Kingdom
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“Feel like you are on top of the world”
Reviewed 9 March 2013

The countryside here is wild and desolate, as far as the eye can see in every direction bare exposed heather moors, definately more sheep than people. The landscape is BIG- hardly natural as it has been shaped by previous generations of mining and quarrying, so there are the occasional industrial archaeological remnants left to explore. There are numerous walks and footpaths to follow and well signed cycle trails throughout the geopark and some really good interpretation panels to explain how the landscape came about. The odd llama mixes in with the sheep just to confuse but the black grouse are the stars of the show, with lekking time coming soon- Well worth the effort to catch one of their mating displays. The lapwings and curlews are the side show. Perfect place to unwind and stretch your legs, providing you bring the right walking kit- (still snow up here) and the dark skies go on forever. Nice quaint villages, a bit like stepping back in time with some great pubs and tea shops to sample en route.

Visited March 2013
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