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Bats, rocky walks and ancient history highlight North Pennine events

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Limestone quarry workings near Geltsdale in Cumbria

Limestone quarry workings near Geltsdale in Cumbria

A full and varied programme of events and walks has been arranged by the North Pennines AONB Partnership for the coming months.

If you are into geology, wildlife, walking, exploring, flora and fauna, there will be something of interest in this new programme.

Shane Harris, the AONB Partnership’s Sustainable Tourism and Communications Officer, said this year’s events programme promises something for everyone.

“Whether it’s history or hay meadows, minerals or moorlands, our events help visitors to get the most of the North Pennines AONB,” he said.

Shane noted that it’s the first year the North Pennines AONB is asking participants to pay a small amount – usually just £3 per person unless a meal or transport is included in the cost.

He explained that “All profits from the events will support the work of the Friends of the North Pennines, a charitable trust set up last year, so visitors will be exploring the North Pennines, learning something new about the AONB and putting a little back at the same time.”

The programme begins in a few days with Batty about bats, set for April 28, from 7.30pm – 9.30pm starting at Newbiggin Village Hall. There will be l be a short talk on the myths and misconceptions about bats and then a magical twilight walk to do some real bat detection.

New in 2012 will be Rocky Weekends – two days of walk and talks with a geological theme, plus an evening meal. Rocky Weekends will take place at Allendale in Northumberland (May 26 and 27), Bowlees in Teesdale (September 8 and 9) and Dufton in Cumbria (October 6 and 7).

Many of the firm favourite guided walks will be in the programme again. They include a trip to the Nent Valley to learn how millions of years of geology have shaped landscape. There will also be hay meadow walks in Upper Teesdale and Allendale.

The final event will be Time Matters, which will explore the link between the North Pennine peatlands, time and the universe itself – all at St John’s Chapel on Thursday 11 October.

This year for the first time participants will be able to book their places online at, but you can still contact the AONB Partnership office on 01388 528801 if you prefer.

For full details see the the Spring/Summer 2012 issue of North Pennines News (phone 01388 528801 or email for a copy) and at – simply click on Events in the sidebar to see the calendar.

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