North Pennines AONB
Cotton in the North Pennines AONB

North Pennines AONB

An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

The North Pennines is one of England's most special places, a peaceful, unspoilt landscape with a rich history and a vibrant natural beauty.

As well as being designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) it is also Britain's first UNESCO European and Global Geopark.


Winding roads and moorland

It features tumbling waterfalls, sweeping moorland views, dramatic dales, snaking stone walls and friendly faces in its vibrant villages like Allendale or Blanchland.

The dramatic landscape - from High Force on the River Tees to the sweeping valley of High Cup Gill above Dufton - has bben shaped by its unique geology. Once the cause of the industrial scale exploitation of its mineral wealth, it is now the reason behind the North Pennines AONB achieving European and Global Geopark status.

The area, which was once dotted with lead mines, contains much of England's upland hay meadows and heathland and large parts of its blanket bog - all of which provide a welcome haven for rare plants and animals.

Animal species that are scarce in the rest of Britain thrive in the North Pennines and you may see red squirrels, otters, and black grouse as well as thousands of pairs of wading birds which return every year to breed in the AONB.

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