Prepare to be blown away by the intense views of the North Pennines, one of the most remote and unspoilt places in England. This landscape of tumbling waterfalls and vast heather moors, where peatlands meld with ancient hay meadows, holds the double accolade of being a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Britain’s first UNESCO European and Global Geopark.
Twice crowned ‘Village of the Year for England’, Allendale is a pretty, stone built village in the heart of the Allen Valleys. Here you can welcome in the New Year by marvelling at the famous Tar Bar’l, where at midnight, men carry barrels filled with blazing tar on their heads and parade through the streets to banish evil spirits for the coming year.
The North Pennines is the second largest designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in England. This breathtaking wilderness is home to an array of wildlife; 80% of the UK’s black grouse population live on the moorland of the North Pennines.
Bridling with horse riding opportunities, the North Pennines is perfect for saddling up and taking advantage of your new perspective beneath acres of big skies as you trot over the fells and high moorland.
Derwent Reservoir covering an area of 1,000 acres forms part of the boundary between Northumberland and County Durham. Excellent fishing is to be had at Derwent Reservoir where you can catch trout weighing up to 20lbs. A great place for picnicking and for spectacular walks, the north and south shores feature a wheelchair accessible trail.