The Roof of England!

The North Pennines is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) – also known as    


Sitting in the middle of England and nestled between The Lake District, The Yorkshire Dales and Northumberland The Roof of England incorporates 3 counties Cumbria, Northumberland and County Durham.

An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty due to the open heather covered moorlands and peatlands, rivers and valleys and amazing geological features such as High Cup Nick and High & Low Force Waterfalls.

We have history and heritage, geology (The North Pennines is a designated UNESCO Global Geopark) great walking, great cycling, natural attractions and lots of lovely towns and villages to visit.

As anyone who has walked the Pennine Way will know we have Cross Fell overlooking Alston and the Eden Valley, the highest peak in England outside the Lake District. On the summit, on a clear day, you have fantastic 360 degree panorama views north, south, east and west! It even has it’s own special wind called The Helm Wind and can often still be covered in snow into May!

The wildness of the moors gives a very different walking experience compared to the busier Lake District and you can often have glorious solitude on the paths and summits with only the call of the grouse, curlew and lapwings to interrupt your thoughts!