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New Website in the North Pennines


The new 'Explore North Pennines' activity portal has 'gone live' in VisitEngland's England Tourism Week. The searchable, interactive map-based site has been developed by the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership. It brings together an amazing range of activities and visitor information across the AONB.

 

‘EXPLORE NORTH PENNINES’ PORTAL GOES LIVE IN ENGLAND TOURISM WEEK

 

 

                                                                                 Date: Wednesday 20 March 2013

 

 

The new ‘Explore North Pennines’ activity portal has ‘gone live’ in VisitEngland’s England Tourism Week. The searchable, interactive map-based site has been developed by the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership. It brings together an amazing range of activities and visitor information across the AONB. 

The www.explorenorthpennines.org.uk website was unveiled this week to tourism businesses from around the North Pennines. The launch at the Durham Dales Centre in Stanhope marks the beginning of the on-going development of the portal.

The new resource, which has been part funded by the Weardale Area Action Partnership, has been in development since October last year. The site is designed to bring activity information together in one place for the whole of the North Pennines. As well as being useful to visitors to the AONB it should also be a great resource for people who live and work in the area.

Chris Woodley-Stewart, Director of the AONB Partnership, ‘pushed the button’ to launch the site and said: “Products and activities that are closely connected to the stunning landscape of the North Pennines work best here. However the information needs to be accessible to visitors in an easy-to-use way before economic benefit can be reaped. Explore North Pennines showcases the fantastic activities and attractions of the North Pennines in one place. At its heart is an interactive map that allows people to search by activity, interest, location and facilities.”

Conservation Trainee Gearoid Murphy, from the AONB Partnership who has led the portal’s development said: “It’s well worth a browse to discover what this amazing place has to offer. There are downloads of walks and cycle routes alongside information such as great places to see wildlife, stargazing opportunities, fishing details and fabulous horse rides.”

 

Simon Wilson, Project development Officer with the AONB Partnership added: ‘We have developed the Explore North Pennines website following feedback from tourism businesses that identified the need for up-to-date online information about the things that their customers come to the North Pennines to see and do. As part of the site you’ll find ‘landing pages’ for different parts of the AONB  – www.exploreweardale.org.uk, www.explorealstonmoor.org.uk, www.exploreblanchland.org.uk, www.exploreteesdale.org.uk and www.exploreallenvalleys.org.uk.”

For more information about Explore North Pennines please contact Gearoid Murphy at the AONB Partnership on 01388 528801 (gearoid@northpenninesaonb.org.uk).

                                        

Notes for editors

 

  1. Contact Gearoid      Murphy, Conservation and Land Management Trainee on 01388 528801 for      further information.
  2. Low resolution images are attached. For a high      resolution versions please contact Gearoid Murphy on 01388 528801 or email      gearoid@northpenninesaonb.org.uk
  3. 2013 is      a significant year for the North Pennines – 25 years (7 June 1988) since the area became      an AONB and 10 years (20 June 2003) since the North Pennines became a      European Geopark.

The AONB Partnership will be marking the anniversary year with a series of events (25 events in the 25th year), launches, festivals, competitions and awards. Visit www.northpennines.org.uk for details.   

  1. The North      Pennines is one of England’s most special places – a peaceful,      unspoilt landscape with a rich history and vibrant natural beauty. It was      designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in 1988. The      purpose of this nationally recognised designation is the conservation and      enhancement of the natural beauty of the area. Tumbling waterfalls,      sweeping moorland views, dramatic dales, stone-built villages, snaking      stone walls and friendly faces – the North Pennines has all this and more!
  2. At almost 2,000 sq. kilometres the North Pennines      is the second largest of the 46 AONBs (in England, Wales and Northern      Ireland) and is one of the most peaceful and unspoilt places in England. Visit      www.landscapesforlife.org.uk      for information about the AONB Family.
  3. The North      Pennines lies between the National Parks of the Lake District, the      Yorkshire Dales, and Northumberland with the urban centres of County      Durham away to the east. Parts of the AONB are within the boundaries of      five local authorities; the three counties of Cumbria, Durham and      Northumberland, Carlisle City Council and Eden District Council.
  4. The North Pennines AONB Partnership is an alliance of 24 public, statutory and      voluntary sector bodies with an interest in the future of the AONB. The      work of the Partnership is carried out by its Staff Unit which takes      action to conserve and enhance the natural beauty of the area, to raise      awareness of its special qualities and to improve the quality of life for      local people. The Staff Unit is based at the Weardale Business Centre, The      Old Co-op Building, 1 Martin Street, Stanhope, Bishop Auckland, Co. Durham      DL13 2UY. Call 01388 528801 (info@northpenninesaonb.org.uk),      visit www.northpennines.org.uk     

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