The North Pennines is the second largest designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in England and is home to rare wildlife and rugged beauty, boasting striking landscapes to take your breath away, sweeping moorland views fit to blow you away, and vibrant villages to welcome you in.
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.
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.