Malham Cove, a large vertical ampitheatre shaped cliff face formation in the Pennines

The Pennines, the mountain range which stretches across the north of the country, is often referred to as the backbone of England. It’s a spectacular landscape which is perfect for a motorhome holiday. Dotted with charming towns and villages, historic sites and breathtaking natural landscapes, visiting the region offers the chance to experience picturesque scenery and some incredible places.

In this edition of our blog we’ll explore some of the best places to visit, highlighting the unique attractions each location has to offer close to our holiday home for sale in Causey Hill Holiday Park and Village Green Holiday Park.


1. Durham

Perhaps not always immediately associated with the Pennines, Durham is a wonderful city nestled on the eastern edge. It seamlessly combines history and culture, with the city dominated by the iconic Durham Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Cathedral is a masterpiece of Norman architecture featuring intricate stonework and a serene atmosphere, with the Chapter House and Cloister particularly worthy of inspection.

Close by, Durham Castle is also a Norman structure showcasing stunning architecture, and worthy of some of your time – perhaps on one of the guided tours. Durham University boasts a beautiful Botanic Garden where you can relax and unwind amidst a diverse range of plant species and themed gardens. Certainly, Durham is one of the best places to visit in the north Pennines.


2. Yorkshire Dales National Park

Moving westwards along the Pennines, the Yorkshire Dales is a haven for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. With an abundance of rolling hills, meandering rivers and picturesque villages, it’s an ideal destination for a wholesome visit.

Of particular note is Malham Cove, a natural limestone amphitheatre, with a hike to the top offering spectacular panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. Aysgarth Falls is a mesmerising series of waterfalls on the River Ure, while Hawes is a charming market town, home to the Wensleydale Creamery, where you can spend some time learning about the production of Wallace And Gromit’s favourite cheese.


3. The Lake District National Park

Situated to the west of the Pennines, the Lake District is often referred to as the ‘jewel in the crown’ of England’s natural life – and justifiably so. There are incredibly stunning vistas featuring lakes, mountains and country scenery almost everywhere you look. The towns and villages of the Lake District also attract millions of visitors each year, many of them looking for that idyllic cosy pub fireside, or that rigorous hike amongst natural splendour.

The small village of Grasmere was once home to the renowned poet William Wordsworth who, you may remember from your poetry lessons at school, wandered lonely as a cloud. Windermere is the largest natural lake in England, where there is plenty of opportunity for a spot of boating or sailing, and lots of lakeside walks. The nearby town of Bowness-on-Windermere sits on the shores and offers great vantage points. If you are more of an adventurer then Scafell Pike, the highest peak in England, is worth a hike. The summit provides awe-inspiring views of the surrounding landscape.


4. Peak District National Park

The Peak District is often referred to as the ‘gateway to the north’ of the UK and is located in the southern part of the Pennines. With diverse landscapes ranging from rugged moorlands to lush valleys the Peaks, as the region is often referred to, is a captivating destination for travellers. Amidst the Peaks is Chatsworth House, a grand stately home surrounded by beautiful gardens and a vast estate, which can be explored. There is also a stunning art collection to view in the house itself. Dovedale, a stunning limestone ravine, is known for its stepping stones and iconic rock formations – perfect for Instagram photos and picnicking! The market town of Bakewell is a real charm, famous for its delicious tart.


5. Hadrian’s Wall

History enthusiasts will consider a visit to what remains of Hadrian’s Wall a must – but it’s actually a great thing for anyone to see. Built by the Romans almost two thousand years ago, this ancient fortification stretches across the north of England and marks what was the northernmost boundary of the Roman Empire.

Housesteads is one of the best-preserved Roman forts along Hadrian’s Wall and offers a fascinating glimpse into the military life of the time. You can explore the barracks and granaries, and gain commanding views of the surrounding countryside. Vindolanda is an archaeological site close to Hadrian’s Wall, where a treasure trove of Roman artifacts has been uncovered over the years. The museum at Vindolanda offers the opportunity to see well-preserved shoes, letters and other items.

The iconic tree at Sycamore Gap, nestled in a dip along Hadrian’s Wall, gained iconic status after featuring in the film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves – though in more recent times it has, very sadly, been the subject of much controversy due to vandalisation. The area still provides the perfect location for a leisurely stroll – one of the very best things to do in the north Pennines.


6. Hebden Bridge

High on your list of things to do in the Pennines should be a visit to Hebden Bridge. Tucked away in the south of the Pennines, Hebden Bridge is a notorious market town known for its artistic community, independent shops and picturesque surroundings. From clogmakers to landscape artists, poets and folk crafts, there is a wonderfully bohemian atmosphere here, with Hebden Bridge’s unique character making it a truly unique and delightful stop.

Rochdale Canal passes through the heart of the town, and enjoying the historic canal architecture and vibrant narrowboats is a wonderfully relaxing way to pass some time. Hardcastle Crags is a wooded valley with walking trails and a cascading stream, a haven for nature lovers. There are trails to Gibson Mill, an eco-friendly visitors centre, and Shibden Hall, a historic house surrounded by beautiful parkland where it is possible to explore the rooms, gardens, and estate.

The Pennines is an unforgettable region which has something for every single traveller to enjoy – and all of the places we have mentioned here are easily accessible from our parks. With this much beauty almost on your doorstep, holiday homing with Daly Parks is a must!