Korean film crew focuses on Teesdale's breathtaking geological features (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Korean film crew focuses on Teesdale's breathtaking geological features
THE breathtaking geology of rural County Durham is to be featured on mainstream television – in South Korea.
A film crew from the far eastern republic visited the North Pennines in Teesdale to see how the area attracts tens of thousands of visitors each year.
The filmmakers focused on High Force, Low Force and Holwick Scar and chatted to walkers they came across while the cameras were rolling.
They also interviewed Chris Woodley-Stewart, director of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Partnership (AONB).
“They came to us because as well as being an AONB, we are a geopark and Korea also has a geopark,” he said.
“They wanted to talk to us about the kind of things we do to support tourism, the kind of visitors we attract, our landscape and what is so special about it and the geology of the area.
“They also filmed in and around the Bowlees Visitor Centre and had interviewed members of the public they found out walking – we were getting people coming in saying how they had been stopped.”
Mr Woodley Stewart added: “They were filming for a piece on mainstream Korean television about geological and nature tourism.
“In fact, this is the second time were have been on Korean television – we were also featured in 2005.”
In 2003, the North Pennines AONB became the first area in the UK to be awarded the UNESCO-backed status of European geopark, which recognises places of outstanding geology.
A year later, the North Pennines became a founding member of the glocal geoparks network, which currently boasts about 80 members across the globe from Canada to China.
In addition to Teesdale, the Korean crew filmed in the Yorkshire dales before heading home.
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