There are lots to see and do in and around the North Pennines and boarding counties. Below are only a few of the activities available. You can also call in to our head office in Alston where you will find local information regarding events and activities. You could also contact the following local information centres:

Alston Local Links, Durham & Stanhope Visitors Centre, Haltwhistle & Hexham Tourist Information Centre


The North Pennines are perfect for both road cycling and mountain biking. The Coast to Coast and Border Reivers routes are just two of many challenging and rewarding road routes around these areas. There are road biking challenges every year, such as the Haydon 100. There are maps available for Cumbria, Northumberland and County Durham. Click on each County to see maps. Specialist mountain bike trails can be found throughout the North Pennines. To see trails in our area click on each County. For Cumbrian trails, Northumberland trails and for County Durham trails


The North Pennines is home to many sections of the famous Pennine Way, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2015. The annual North Pennines Walking Festival takes its inspiration from the stunning landscape of this AONB, offering guided walks across nine days in Cumbria, Northumberland and  County Durham covering topics such as history, wildlife and photography. The Haltwhistle Ring is a set of 22 walks around the Haltwhistle area. All walks are 'circular' and return to their starting point.

There are many walking groups in the North Pennines, including Walkers are Welcome Alston Moor who meet regularly to tackle the surrounding walks on the moors. There is a Haltwhistle walking group, which also organises two annual walking festivals. Entirely run by volunteers, anyone can join the group itself on a Wednesday morning, either for long or short walks at no charge. All walks have a leader and have been fully checked out beforehand.

For more walking trails in Cumbria, Northumberland and County Durham click on each County.


The North Pennines is a dream location for motorcyclists, with its sweeping roads through remote, exhilarating landscapes

Whether you want to ride alone, travel in a group or take a motorcycle tour, exploring the North Pennines by bike will be an unforgettable experience. Pennine Country Cottages are biker-friendly.