We are nestled in a valley within the North Pennines AONB and Global Geo Park, as well as this much of the moorland is also designated Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), due to both the flora and fauna. Fortunately, much of the area is also Open Access land so you can wander and enjoy all aspects.
During the Spring and Summer the moors and valleys come alive with birdlife. There are several endangered species such as Curlew, and Golden Plover that come to the area to breed. So please keep dogs on a short lead and under control as your walk and enjoy these delights.
Keep your eyes open to the skies as there is the chance of seeing Hen Harriers, Red Kites and Short-Eared Owls soaring overhead looking for a quick snack. The sounds of Sky Larks hovering in the sky carries over the moors.
The valleys with their rivers and streams over a different habitat, where Dippers and Grey Wagtail may be spotted along the stream. The rare Black Grouse is known to nest in the valley close to the village.
One thing to remember is that although there is Open Access rights to the moors, dogs are only permitted on Public Rights of Way, and during the nesting season must be on a lead. Rest assured this will not stop you enjoying all the area has to offer.