Cottages in North Pennines
The North Pennines is deemed as one of the most remote and unspoilt places in England. A holiday in this area offers visitors the opportunity to explore this special place which is characterised with cascading waterfalls, vast heather moors and peatlands, scenic dales and wild meadows.
Described as ‘England’s last wilderness’, The North Pennines is the second largest designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in England and has become Britain’s first UNESCO European and Global Geopark which supports the life of many rare species and plants.
Perfect holiday location for active families who love to get out and about exploring. There are lots of great National cycle network routes and walking trails. At night, from the comfort of your holiday cottage, you can enjoy true dark skies giving you great opportunities to stargaze as this area has some of the lowest levels of light pollution in the country.
There are lots of great attractions to visit during your holiday including: the Weardale open air pool, Kilhope – an award-winning mining museum, Hamsterley Forest with children’s play area and family friendly woodland trails and café, Raby Castle and Gardens, Weardale steam railway and Beamish Museum – a world-famous open-air museum with a bakery and traditional sweet shop.
The Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle is worth visiting too with lots to see – The North’s museum of art, fashion and design. Explore the exhibitions, watch the iconic musical automaton silver swan perform. Explore the beautiful surrounding park and gardens, have a snack in the cafe and children will love the outdoor play area.
Our North Pennines holiday cottages are in some superb locations. Stay in delightful market towns such as Alston, renowned for being the highest market town in England. Alston offers a good choice of pubs, independent shops and cafes. You can also climb aboard the South Tynedale Steam Railway – England’s highest narrow-gauge railway from Alston station and enjoy a scenic ride to Haltwhistle taking in the fine views of the South Tyne Valley.
Allendale, twice crowned ‘village of the year’ is a pretty, stone-built village which has friendly pubs and tearooms and walking trails from your doorstep. New Year celebrations are very different in Allendale. On New Year’s Eve, the locals carry out a popular annual tradition where they carry a burning tar barrel around the village at midnight to ward off any evil spirits for the coming year!
During your time in the North Pennines, enjoy great days out in surrounding areas such as Weardale, Hadrian’s Wall, The Lake District and Cumbria which are all under half an hour by car.