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“Better roads than the Lakes”

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.
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 the paths.
Disappointingly, when walking you see a lot of building conversions and inappropriate development. I suppose the councils want the revenue.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 in Teesdale, Allendale and especially Blanchland are worth looking out. Alston is interesting too and is rather nicer since it has received investment but I would not necessarily travel here especially unless heading to or from the Lakes. As far as roads go the lanes over the Moors from Upper Teesdale to Upper Weardale (Langdon Beck to Start John's Chapel )are wild and beautiful as is the road from Stanhope to Blanchland and Blanchland via Rookhope to Allenheads. All of these roads are well maintained and whilst narrow and steep can be driven in 2 wheel drive cars. There are waterfalls which I have never particularly found spectacular. For museums try Killhope Lead Mining Museum. The Durham Dales Centre at Stanhope are very helpful plus there is a good cafe there. For locally produced crafts there is a shop in the Durham Dales Centre, at The Forge in Allendale and opposite the White Monk Tearoom in Blanchland plus a new gallery in the centre of Alston. For a atmospheric drink after a long hike The Lord Crewe in Blanchland is incomparable if expensive.

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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.

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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 the added attractions of a vast array of bird life. My favourite is Bollihope Common as it has beautiful becks and walks.

Thank Jennifer L
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