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Spend a rocky weekend in England’s North Pennies

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Dufton, in England's North Pennines

Dufton, in England’s North Pennines

Guided walks, interesting talks and delicious food will all be brought together in a series of new events in the North Pennines this spring.

The events will be themed around the geology of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). They will begin with a Rocky Weekend in the Allendale area on May 26 and 27.

The events being organised by the North Pennines AONB Partnership will also run at Bowlees, Teesdale, County Durham and Dufton in Cumbria later in 2012.

Elizabeth Pickett, the AONB Partnership’s Geodiversity Officer, explained that the North Pennine landscape has fascinating stories to tell. “With each of these three Rocky Weekends we’ll explore some very different places and learn how to ‘read’ the landscape for signs of ancient tropical seas, vast ice sheets, a mining past and much more.”

She will lead a 10-mile walk on May 26 and later that Saturday there will be evening meal and talk with an invited speaker. Sunday’s walk will be a five- to six-mile affair with another local expert speaking to participants.

Details are being confirmed but the Saturday walks will go from around 9am to 5pm. The Sunday walks will start about 10am and finish by 4pm.

Event details for the Rocky Weekends are:

Allendale, Northumberland (26 and 27 May): Saturday walk from Allenheads to Allendale, where participants will discover  the East Allen Valley’s geology, landscape and mining history and heritage. An evening talk by Ian Forbes, who is former Director of Killhope Lead Mining Museum, will take place at Allendale Forge Studios. On the Sunday people can enjoy a circular walk from Allendale with geologist Brian Young.

Bowlees, Teesdale, County Durham (8 and 9 Sept): The aturday’s  walk is starts at Cow Green to and goes to Bowlees, taking in Cauldron Snout, High Force and Low Force. Paul Frodsham, AONB Partnership archaeologist will talk about discoveries at nearby Holwick in the evening. On Sunday walkers will follow in the steps of Richard Watson, a Teesdale lead miner poet, with interpreter Neil Diment.

Dufton, Cumbria (6 and 7 Oct): On Saturday people will walk up Great Rundale, and descend past the stunning High Cup Gill. In the evening everyone will enjoy a talk (speaker tbc) at High Cup Winery. Sunday will see us join freelance countryside ranger David Nightingale for a light stroll, exploring the countryside round Dufton.

The weekends cost £45 per person per weekend and include two walks, the Saturday evening meal and talk. In the case of the linear Saturday walks on 26 May and 8 Sept minibus transport to start of walks is included. Packed lunches, overnight accommodation and breakfasts are not included.

For more information visit and click on Exploring in the sidebar. Online booking and payment is also available on the website – click on Events in the sidebar or alternatively you can contact the AONB Partnership office on 01388 528801 during normal office hours.

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