Cottages in the North Pennines
One of the most remote and unspoilt spots in England, you’ll find yourself in awe amongst the breathtaking views of the North Pennines.
Rolling hills, vast heather moors, and cascading waterfalls make this region one of the most desirable destinations in the UK for nature lovers. The second largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in England, the North Pennines AONB is brimming with wildlife, boasting 80% of Britain's black grouse population.
Discover the remote beauty of the North Pennines your way, trotting through the valleys on horseback, cycling over the slopes, and hiking past open meadows beneath big skies. The area once speckled with lead mines is now a haven for rare species of flowers and plants, and animals that are scarce elsewhere thrive in the bogs and heathland of the AONB.
Nestled among breathtaking fells, the picturesque village of Blanchland is a truly local gem. Explore Blanchland Abbey, a stone-built marvel built in the 12th century that has retained its charm and beauty over hundreds of years. Or, set sail on the Derwent reservoir and reel in a trout, wander the water’s edge, and picnic in its 1,000 acres of stunning landscapes.
High up in the clouds of the North Pennines, the age-old market town of Alston is one of the highest settlements in England. Nearly a thousand feet above sea level, this remote and lively town is immersed in the Pennines’ wild heathland, sitting along the upper banks of the River South Tyne. Famous for it’s Alston Cheese and Cumberland Mustard, it’s a bustling cobbled town that’s a must visit for food lovers.