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“A varied and interesting place for long walks” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

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.
south wales
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39 reviews
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“A varied and interesting place for long walks”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2013

This place suits more serious walkers. You need a map as some of the sign are a bit haphazard. The terrain underfoot is mixed from good to not so good and if wet expect some boggy parts. Well worth the effort. Stunning.

Visited September 2013
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Norfolk, UK
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39 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Lives up to its Name”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2013

We stayed at Thornley B&B in Allendale and visited Vindolanda (20 min drive) then drove 7 miles to the Roman Soldier Museum and on foot to Hadrains Wall (1 min away) and stunningly beautiful country with its vast rolling hills, sheep grazing and from Hadrain's Wall you feel up there with the beauty of it all.

Visited September 2013
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Burnley, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Beautiful scenery”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2013

This area has a lot to offer any body with a love of the outdoors. Choose your own favourite spot - the spectacular High Force waterfall, Cow Green Reservoir and Cauldron Snout are amongst my favourites - there are many walks of varying distance available and many small communities worthy of a visit.

Visited August 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 of the North Pennines - it's much appreciated :)
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County Durham
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“North of England”
4 of 5 bubbles 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.”
5 of 5 bubbles 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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