This NEW Relaxed and Scenic Tour for 2019 circumnavigates large area of the North Pennines. Using a variety of unpaved and minor roads of this area of outstanding natural beauty; famous for its moorland scenery, the product of centuries of farming and lead-mining. This tour is in keeping with our ethos of relaxed and scenic tours and is suitable for the vast majority of 4×4’s.
This part of the North Pennines is reflected in the works of the great British poet W. H. Auden, where he spent many years a child and visiting the landscape to find inspiration for some of his greatest works. Traversing the landscape of the North Pennines AONB is one of open heather moors between deep dales, upland rivers, hay meadows and stone-built villages, some of which contain the legacies of a mining and industrial past. Having previously been mined and quarried for minerals such as barytes, coal fluorspar, iron, lead, witherite and zinc.