About North Pennines - General Info

The North Pennines AONB and Geopark is a distinctive landscape of high moorland and broad upland dales in the North of England.

Cauldron Snout waterfall in Upper Teesdale Cauldron Snout waterfall in Upper Teesdale It shares a boundary with the Yorkshire Dales National Park in the South and extends as far as the Tyne Valley in the North. Its western boundary follows the Pennine Escarpment and includes the high ground of West Durham.

This is one of England's most special places with a stunning range of open heather moors and peatlands, attractive dales and hay meadows, tumbling upland rivers, and wonderful woodlands.  The regions boasts intriguing imprints of a mining and industrial past along with distinctive birds, animals and plants.

Frosterley Marble is a limestone that has been used as a decorative stone in places like Durham Cathedral World Heritage Site Frosterley Marble is a limestone that has been used as a decorative stone in places like Durham Cathedral World Heritage Site The North Pennines AONB, became the first area in Britain to be awarded the status of European Geopark in June 2003.  The landscape has its foundation in the underlying rocks and geological processes which have shaped it over 500 million years of Earth history.