About the Allen Valleys

The Allen Valleys has internationally important wildlife, a world class industrial heritage and a rich local culture of music and visual arts. Whether you are here for our wildlife, our history or the arts, you can enjoy them at your leisure, on foot, by bike or on horseback. Or perhaps just sit back and enjoy the view.

In recognition of its special qualities the North Pennines has been designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The North Pennines is also a European and Global Geopark – highlighting its globally important Earth heritage.

Here are some more web sites to help you decide what to discover next in the Allen Valleys and the wider North Pennines.

More information available from the Market Place Information Point in Allendale village.

Allen Valleys and North Pennines

www.northpennines.org.uk
The North Pennines AONB and the work of the organisation set up to look after it.

www.explorenorthpennines.org.uk
A directory of things to do in the North Pennines, from self-guided trails to pottery classes

www.exploreallenvalleys.org.uk
A directory of activities in the Allen Valleys

www.allenvalleyslocalhistory.org.uk
An archive of local historical materials

www.keystothepast.info
A searchable database of historic buildings and structures

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/allen-banks-and-staward-gorge
Allen Banks and Staward Gorge, managed by the National Trust

www.killhope.org.uk
The award winning Killhope North of England Lead Mining Museum

www.south-tynedale-railway.org.uk
South Tynedale Railway

www.thebowesmuseum.org.uk
Bowes Museum

www.northpennines.org.uk/bowlees-visitor-centre
Bowlees Visitor Centre

Further afield

Within striking distance of the Allen Valleys there is a host of famous attractions, including Durham Cathedral, The Lake District, Hadrian’s Wall, Alnwick Castle and the magnificent Northumberland coastline. Further information can be found here:

www.visitnorthumberland.com
Visit Northumberland

www.thisisdurham.com
This is Durham

www.visitcumbria.com
Visit Cumbria

Public transport

There is a bus service from Allenheads and Allendale to Hexham. From Hexham you can find buses and trains along the Tyne Valley.