Things to do

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 local information centres.
Alston Local LinksDurham & Stanhope Visitors Centre, Haltwhistle & Hexham Tourist Information Centre


Skiing

Just 7 miles out of Alston on the B6277 between the Cumbria and Co Durham boarders you will find Yad Moss Ski resort. This is one of England’s northern ski slopes which has real snow.

Please click here for more information or to view the fantastic photographs






Cycling

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 here. Specialist mountain bike trails can be found throughout the North Pennines, but check out these wonderful The North Pennines is home to many sections of the famous Pennine Way, which has 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, Co Durham and Northumberland covering topics such as history, wildlife and photography. The Haltwhisle Ring is a set of 22 walks around the Haltwhistle area. All walks are 'circular' and return to their starting point.



Walking 

The North Pennines is home to many sections of the famous Pennine Way, which has 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, Co Durham and Northumberland covering topics such as history, wildlife and photography. The Haltwhisle 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 and is now in its 14th year. 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.



Fishing

There are many opportunities to fish in England’s most spectacular AONB, whether you are a beginner or experienced angler.

Alston has its own angling association, Alston Angling Association which cover almost 10 miles of the Upper South Tyne for salmon and sea trout fishing.






Riding

North Pennines wilderness offer fantastic riding opportunities for beginners and experienced ride. The PackHorse Trials are all routes based on 18th century packhorse trails, once used to transport lead and other goods to far-off towns. 

Or why not check out the local riding stables at Sinderhope Pony Treking for a fun day out on horse back






Motorcycling 

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. To find routes and map please click here






Visitor Attractions

The North Pennines offers something for everyone, every day. Explore our mining, railway and industrial heritage at venues such as the Killhope Lead Mining Museum, Beamish Open Air Museum or the railway museums in Darlington and Shildon. See outstanding art, ceramic and furniture collections at the Bowes Museum, the Laing Art Gallery or Tullie House Museum. Learn about our Roman past at Hadrian’s Wall and the outstanding Roman Army Museum, and see ongoing excavations at Vindolanda Roman Fort. Enjoy full-scale steam railway journeys on the South Tynedale Railway, Weardale Railway or the famous Carlisle to Settle line. Visit monumental and beautiful buildings like Durham Cathedral and Castle, Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Langley Castle and Raby Castle. See wonderful gardens at Eggleston Hall or The Station Garden at Langley. And for natural highlights, check out Hamsterley Forest, High Force and the Geltsdale RSPB nature reserve.

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