The Pennine Region

About the Pennines

"The Pennines are like a long-standing, wise, trusted old friend: strong, resilient, and dependable." 

The Pennines, also known as the Pennine Chain or Pennine Hills, are a range of mountains and hills in England. They separate North West England from Yorkshire and North East England. The Pennines also straddle several  city-region economies; Leeds, Greater Manchester, Sheffield, Lancashire, Hull and the North East.

Often described as the "backbone of England"the Pennine Hills form a continuous mountain range stretching northwards from the Peak District in the northern Midlands, through the South Pennines, Yorkshire Dales and North Pennines up to the Tyne Gap, which separates the range from the Cheviot Hills. Their total length is about 250 miles (402 km).

The name Pennines is believed to come from the Celtic 'pennioroches', meaning "hill", although the earliest written reference to the name dates only from the 18th century. For thousands of years the Pennines have nourished businesses and communities down its river valleys. From farming and the trade in wool through Industrial Revolution to Science, Technology, Engineering and Manufacturing, the Pennines have been responsible for economic growth in towns and cities such as Manchester, Leeds, Sheffield, Wakefield, Doncaster, Barnsley, and Huddersfield.

Enabling Digital

The Pennines are like a long-standing, wise, trusted old friend: strong, resilient, and dependable. Today, the Pennines are embracing something new. Digital technology. With the exponential growth in big data, cloud technologies and smarter online users the Pennine Cloud is showcasing the region as a place for doing trusted business together.

Situated at the heart of the UK's Northern Powerhouse region too!

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