North Pennines Cottages
The North Pennines is a holiday destination with a difference! Not only is it home to a number of superb visitor attractions providing great days out, but it is also one of England’s most remote and unspoilt places, described as ‘England’s last wilderness’. It is a landscape steeped in history made up of vast heather moors and peatlands, picturesque dales and hay meadows, tumbling waterfalls and rivers in addition to colourful woodland trails. The North Pennines has been recognised as the second largest designated Area of Outstanding Beauty (AONB) in England and has become Britain’s first UNESCO European and Global Geopark.
Perfect for families who love an adventure holiday and great for walkers and cyclists as there so many excellent scenic walking trails and cycle paths, including an electric bike network. Experience the wonders of true dark skies, as the North Pennines has some of the best dark skies in this country due to its vast unspoiled landscape with low light pollution (remember to pack some binoculars!).
Visit some of the area’s most popular attractions including Highforce Waterfall – one of the most spectacular waterfalls in England, the magnificent Raby Castle and Gardens, Hamsterley Forest, Derwent Reservoir, Weardale open air swimming pool, Weardale Railway, Kilhope – an award winning 19th century mining museum, The Bowes Museum – The North’s museum of art, fashion and design and Beamish Museum – the world famous open air museum which tells the story of life in the North East of England through the years from the 1820s.
Wildlife enthusiasts can expect to see lots of animals that are scarce in the rest of the country, including red squirrels, otters and black grouse as well as thousands of pairs of wading birds which return every year in the breeding season.
Stay in charming market towns such as Alston – the highest market town in England and a truly idyllic spot. Alston has an eclectic range of independent shops from lovely gift shops, you will love having a stroll around to shops selling local produce – perfect for taking back to your holiday cottage to cook up a tasty treat! During your stay, take a ride on the South Tyneside Railway – England’s highest narrow-gauge railway and in the evening, you might want to experience the warm hospitality of the locals in the lovely pubs and restaurants in the market square.
Allendale is another great place to stay in the North Pennines area, twice crowned ‘village of the year’ this lovely stone-built village has friendly pubs, tearooms and craft shops. If you are staying over New Year, you are in for a treat! Each year on New Year’s Eve, the locals carry a burning tar barrel around the village at midnight to banish evil spirits for the New Year. This has become a popular tradition - the famous ‘Tar Bar’l’ and is enjoyed by both locals and holidaymakers alike.
With an excellent selection of cottages in the North Pennines area with many boasting fantastic views across the valleys and great walking opportunities from your front door; we ensure you are ideally situated to get the most out of your stay in this wonderful area.