Spot black grouse in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Durham Dales, Durham

Grab your binoculars and head for the Durham Dales – explore one of England’s most special places and discover a true Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.


Nature reigns supreme across much of County Durham, one of England’s least populated rural destinations.

The striking scenery of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty provides a retreat into peace and tranquility, and a pair of binoculars will reward you with a sight of the rare black grouse – over 80% of England’s population live in this special place.

You will also find short-eared owl, ring ouzel, snipe and redshank as you explore! And no visit to this part of the country would be complete without a visit to High Force – one of England’s most spectacular waterfalls.

Make Bowlees Visitor Centre your starting point, the perfect base for discovering the special qualities of the North Pennines AONB.

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