North Pennines Guidebooks and Maps
Below, RambleFest displays details of North Pennines guidebooks and maps, and provides the facility for buying them online.
The North Pennines AONB covers the wide empty miles of one of England’s last expanses of wilderness, the upland plateau, northern limit of the Pennine chain, stretches away in a high wild landscape of undulating heather moorland and blanket peat.
On its western edge, the plateau ends sharply in a steep escarpment looking down on the green and gold patchwork of the Eden Valley. The table-top summit of Cross Fell (890m) is the highest point. The Tyne, Tees, Wear, Derwent and Allen rivers drain from the plateau forming valleys that each have their own distinct character.
Ecologically, the North Pennines are of outstanding value, being rich in wildlife and includes herb-rich hay meadows, juniper, alpine limestone flora and a diversity of moorland and wading birds.
North Pennines Guidebooks
We display not only rambling books, but others which may be of interest. Some are out of print, but available from third-parties via Amazon. We welcome suggestions for inclusion. See also our Pennine Way and Pennine Journey pages, as well as our North Yorkshire page.
“A guidebook to day walks in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), across Cumbria, County Durham and Northumberland. The book includes 50 walks exploring England’s ‘last wilderness’, ranging from 5 miles (8km) to 14 miles (23km). Most are circular, though there are some linear routes, and there is something to suit all abilities over a variety of terrain. Route descriptions are illustrated with OS mapping and colour photographs, and the book includes details of local transport services, accommodation and tourist information centres. The walks cover a variety of terrain, from flat railway trackbeds to pathless moorland, and provide the opportunity to explore the striking geological features and fascinating industrial heritage of the area.”
– Walking in the North Pennines: 50 Walks in England’s Remotest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
“Presenting a series of 50 circular walks along and around the Pennine Way, this title also aims to provide an appreciation of this wonderful part of the English Countryside. The walks included were adopted by the Countryside Agency for its 40th anniversary celebration of the Pennine Way, with an event called ‘Walk the Way in a Day’.”
– Circular Walks Along the Pennine Way
“This walking guide covers both the Cumbrian and Durham sides of the North Pennines, a designated Area of Outstanding Beauty, and also extends eastwards across Durham to the North Sea Coast. The area contains some of the finest moorland in the country, explored here in walks across Bowes Moor and the grouse moors near Holwick, but there are also plenty of relaxing, low-level walks beside rivers, through woodlands and forests, by the coast, and along former railway tracks. Durham Castle and Cathedral, Brough Castle, High Force the mightiest of England’s waterfalls, and Causey Arch, the world’s earliest railway bridge, are featured.”
– Durham, North Pennines & Tyne and Wear: Outstanding Circular Walks
North Pennines Maps
The Ordnance Survey `Explorer’ map is available in standard quality (shown) as well as the all-weather type.
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