Protection of the North Pennines

by David Murray on 4 January 2012

in Cumbria, Eden Valley

The North Pennines, stretching from the Eden Valley up towards the Scottish Border, are characterised by wild moorland with long expanses of silence apart from the wind and the birds. This special landscape needs protection, and it is good that the staff of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty have it under their close scrutiny.

Wild North Pennines Warcop Range. Roman fell 594m.Well protected ... on TwitpicThis morning, though, looking at a photograph of Roman Fell uploaded to Flickr by mountaineer Alan Hinkes (@alanhinkes on Twitter), I began to wonder whether they were taking environmental protection a bit too seriously. What? Tanks on the fells? Surely!?!

Anyone who knows the area will of course be aware that this is a military training area, hence the tank, but at least it gives me another chance to mention the good work being done by Chris Woodley-Stewart and his team at the North Pennines AONB Partnership. Thanks Alan for the slogan, “Well-protected Upland”.

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