The landscapes of the North Pennines have a rich association with artists and writers past and present like J.M.W. Turner and W.H. Auden. There is now a wealth of artists and craft workers producing paintings, photographic prints pottery, textiles, candles, wood and metal work in and around the AONB.
The best way to experience these artworks is by visiting one of the galleries dotted around the area such as the Allendale Forge Studios in Allendale Town and Alston Artspace in Alston both of which showcase local art. There is also a network of excellent craft shops throughout the AONB where you purchase a memento or gift or pick up craft supplies.