Let's practise in...the North Pennines
Where? One of the country's last expanses of wilderness spanning three counties Northumberland, Durham and Cumbria, covering 772 square miles.
And? Named in 1988 as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and in 2003 it was awarded European Geopark Status, a designation for areas of outstanding geology.
Work? There are 68 doctors' surgeries in the Northumberland Care Trust, which covers many of the largest towns in the North Pennines, including Allendale and Haltwhistle.
Homes? Hexham, voted 2005 market town of the year, is a property hotspot. A prosperous commuter town for Newcastle where a three-bed detached goes for up to £295,000.
Schools? Education in this area is divided between poorly performing schools in deprived areas and traditional grammar schools. The Queen Elizabeth Grammar School (selective, mixed sex) in Penrith, Cumbria (on the edge of the North Pennines), is the pick of state schools.
Leisure? Most activity in the area takes place outdoors. For a real walking challenge there is the 268-mile Pennine Way (431 km). Nearby historical attractions include Hadrian's Wall.