North Pennines

The North Pennines are an Area of ​​Outstanding Natural Beauty ( AONB ) in the north of England. The North Pennines is the northern end of the mountain range of the Pennines. The AONB falls within the counties of Cumbria, Northumberland and Durham, and 2.6 km ² in the county of North Yorkshire. The AONB North Pennines is the second largest in England (only the Cotswolds are larger ) and as a nature reserve, it is otherwise only surpassed by the national parks of the Lake District and Snowdonia.

The landscape of the North Pennines dominated by heath and bogs. The River Tees with its waterfalls Cauldron Snout and High Force is one of the visitor attractions of the North Pennines. The river has exposed at these locations, the region's underlying rock strata. The AONB was 2003, the first Geopark Britain and is also a UNESCO Global Geopark.

The helmet wind on Cross Fell the highest mountain in the Pennines and within the AONB is the only wind of the UK, has a name.

The long-distance Pennine Way passes through the AONB as well as the shorter trail of Isaac 's Tea Trail.

In addition to small places, there are also many historic traces of settlement in the North Pennines. The Tortie Stone is a largely unexplained processed stone from the Neolithic, Brackenber grave mound near Appleby-in- Westmoreland dates from the Bronze Age. The Roman camp Whitley Castle and medieval monastic sites like Muggleswick Grange show the lasting settlement of the area, the landscape still shows traces of the subsequent degradation of lead.

The poet W. H. Auden was a great lover of the North Pennines and mentioned it repeatedly in his works.