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North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

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1 Martin Street | Stanhope, Weardale Business Centre, The Old Co-op Building, Bishop Auckland DL13 2UY, England
+44 1388 528801
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Often forgotten

This is a beautiful area of the country. I drive through it on a regular basis. I have stopped and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
olibot
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Durham, United Kingdom
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Rugged beauty!

A most memorable walk through some of the most beautiful land in all of England. Waaaaay off the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
P H
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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.
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1 Martin Street | Stanhope, Weardale Business Centre, The Old Co-op Building, Bishop Auckland DL13 2UY, England
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"dark skies"
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"high cup"
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"well worth a visit"
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"middleton in teesdale"
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"lead mining"
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"lakes"
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"scenery"
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"moors"
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"snout"
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a beautiful area of the country. I drive through it on a regular basis. I have stopped and walked around and explored. There are lots of black & brown grouse and a great area to explore and air very long dog walks.

Thank olibot
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A most memorable walk through some of the most beautiful land in all of England. Waaaaay off the beaten path - but well worth the time.

Thank P H
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Reviewed 30 May 2018 via mobile

Beautiful place in all weathers and a place we visit often for day trips & over night camping. Solitude & dark skies

Thank whatyaseeiswhatyaget
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Reviewed 28 May 2018

This is an amazing place if you appreciate wild moorland and quiet. There are several car parking areas beside the narrow road. If you travel to the far end of the road - you have to stop due to a locked gate - there are...More

Thank DMC1958
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Reviewed 5 May 2018

Wonderful day today at Cow Green Reservoir, Cauldron Snout and Widdybank Fell on one of those rare occasions when the sky was blue and the visibility pin sharp. We saw wild gentians, wood anenomes, grouse, peewits, skylarks and grouse.

1  Thank J_Jarndyce
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Reviewed 6 April 2018

I have driven and walked all over this area Cauldron Snout,Weardale,Waskerley and it is very beautiful and the roads are easier to drive on than those in the Lake District. Some of the path signage is in need of repair, replacement as are some of...More

1  Thank 938fjg
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Reviewed 21 March 2018 via mobile

This area has some fantastic scenery if you seek it out as well as some beautiful villages and interesting attractions. I have driven many of the less traveled roads and these tend to be where the best views are found. In terms of villages Middleton...More

1  Thank sheepygold
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Reviewed 11 March 2018 via mobile

We love the scenery of the northern Dales. Even in winter with snow still lying by the sides of the roads, the views are stunning and there is plenty of wildlife to be seen. Not to be missed.

Thank fmck49
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Reviewed 12 February 2018

Well worth a visit even on a cold day the views are outstanding. Plenty to see and do across all four seasons.

Thank lizS2745NC
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Reviewed 22 January 2018

I have lived in and visited this beautiful unspoilt area for the last 15 years. Visitors to our holiday cottage have been overwhelmed with the scenery, not realising how lovely the area is. The differing seasons of the year produce varying perspectives of beauty with...More

Thank Jennifer L
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