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Walking in the North Pennines

50 Walks in England's remotest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

This guidebook describes 50 day walks across the North Pennines, England's remotest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty taking in parts of Cumbria, County Durham and Northumberland. Most of the routes are circular and they range from 5 to 14 miles, with something to suit all abilities. Route descriptions are accompanied by 1:50K OS mapping.


all year round - region famous for its bleak and blustery weather!


Hexham, Consett, Barnard Castle, Kirkby Stephen, Appleby and Brampton


a variety of terrain from riverside strolls and old railway trackbeds to rugged moorland; walks up to 14 miles (23km) in length but nothing difficult; ability to navigate essential because of changing weather conditions

Must See

England's last wilderness; Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty; Vale of Eden; fascinating geology eg the Whin Sill (first Geopark in England in 2003); rich industrial heritage (eg Killhope lead-mining museum)
5 Jul 2016
23 Feb 2021
17.20 x 11.60 x 1.45cm

A guidebook to 50 walks in and around the North Pennines National Landscape, spanning Northumberland, Cumbria and County Durham. Exploring the region’s striking scenery, routes range from riverside strolls to rugged moorland hikes.

The walks, of between 9 and 24km (6–15 miles), can be accessed from Hexham, Alston and Barnard Castle.

  • 1:50,000 OS maps included for each walk 
  • Sized to easily fit in a jacket pocket
  • Notes on refreshments and public transport
  • Local points of interest and folklore, plus information on the region’s rich geology, plantlife and wildlife
  • Walks are divided between 13 sections throughout the National Landscape

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Paddy Dillon Cicerone author DILLON

By Paddy Dillon

Paddy Dillon is a prolific walker and guidebook writer, with over 100 guidebooks to his name and contributions to 40 other titles. He has written for several outdoor magazines and other publications and has appeared on radio and television.Paddy uses a tablet computer to write as he walks. His descriptions are therefore precise, having been written at the very point at which the reader uses them.Paddy is an indefatigable long-distance walker who has walked all of Britain's National Trails and several European trails. He has also walked in Nepal, Tibet, Korea and the Rocky Mountains of Canada and the US.

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