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'An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is exactly what it says it is: an outstanding landscape whose distinctive character and natural beauty are so precious that it is in the nation's interest to safeguard them.'

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'For its small area, Northern Ireland has a great variety of scenic countryside and although there are no National Parks, large areas of landscape of distinctive character and special scenic value have been designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs). This designation is designed to protect and enhance the qualities of each area and to promote their enjoyment by the public. There are 8 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Northern Ireland ... '

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'The Welsh Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty – Anglesey, Gower, Llŷn, the Clwydian Range, Dee Valley and Wye Valley – boast some of the most exceptional scenery in the UK. Whether you love nature, photography, walking or just being outdoors, they're superb places for holidays, short breaks, weekends away and days out. Their hills, rivers and coastal landscapes will simply blow you away.'

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Visit Wales

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'A Link Page for any botanical garden, arboretum or pinetum in the United Kingdom.'

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Wikipedia

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'Use the Map to find out more about all the Capability Brown sites across the UK. The map points to a mixture of attributed and definite sites where Brown is thought to have worked or advised on.'

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'Around 3% of the land area of England is recognised as common land. On this website you will find a maintained and searchable database of registered parcels of common land in England ... The data is sourced from land registry and other records and was originally compiled by DEFRA ... The information was assembled between 1982 and 1993 as part of the biological survey of common land.'

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'There are over 400 Country Parks in England, offering great places to enjoy yourself in a natural setting. Whether taking time out, exercising, improving your health, meeting up with friends or learning more about the countryside, Country Parks have something for everyone.'

Category Forests
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'Scotland's National Forest Estate covers nearly 9% of Scotland and comprises forests, woodland and open ground. It's a national treasure and it's our privilege to be looking after it.'

Category Forests
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'Our forests and woodlands offer walks for all ages and abilities, from spectacular mountain hikes and sheltered pinewood trails to quiet streamside paths that meander under old oak trees ...

Category Forests
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'Walking is a highly popular activity in Northern Ireland forests. There are maps, apps, guides and booklets with information about various walks, trails and activities to enjoy in forests.'

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Category Forests
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'Discover the sights, sounds and experiences of the forest. From the quiet of the woods to the call of the wild, there's something for everyone ... ' ALERT Natural Resources Wales has taken over the functions previously carried out by Forestry Commission Wales. The Map features nature reserves, trails, and open access land, as well as ‘woodlands’. Check the Sub-Section ‘Things to do’ within the Section ‘Days Out’ for details of some of the ‘Walks’ on offer within the natural environment of Wales.

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Natural Resources Wales

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'The British Isles host a wide range of fascinating geology providing "secret" walks through breathtaking scenery, literary inspiration, idyllic holiday destinations and the building materials for historic monuments. There are also many groups who organise lectures and excursions to help enthusiasts learn more about geology, as well as museums, discovery centres, geoparks and other important geological sites open to the public ...'

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British Geological Survey

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'Aims to encourage you to enjoy London’s parks, share with the world why you love your park, why parks matter to you, and get involved in your local park friends group.'

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'We started the guide as a hobby in 2002, as at that time there were few resources on the internet to help people plan their visits. The first region we covered was Cornwall and by the time 12 months elapsed more than 200 gardens had applied to join ... With over 500 properties on our guide and more applying to join we should maintain our place as a leading resource for garden lovers.'

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'Use our interactive map to view a list of all the Green Flag Award® winners in each region together with a detailed description of the facilities, events and activities at each site.'

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Green Flag Award

Category Cemeteries
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Access to details of over eighty Cemetery Friends' Groups: 'Members of the Federation meet annually for the AGM and the venue varies each year with a mix of provincial and London based locations with the added incentive of a guided walk around the local cemetery either before or after the formality of the AGM.'

Category Nature Reserves
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'We welcome visitors to our National Nature Reserves (NNRs) because we want people to appreciate these wonderful places. The Reserves are scattered throughout England, from Lindisfarne in Northumberland to The Lizard in Cornwall. All ages are welcome and entry is free!'

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Natural England

Category Nature Reserves
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'Wales has more nature reserves per head of population than any other major European country. There are five Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, three National Parks, 74 National Nature Reserves and hundreds more Local Nature Reserves, Wildlife Trust and RSPB Reserves etc each protecting unique habitats and the wildlife that depend on them.'

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First-Nature.com

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'National Scenic Areas (NSAs) were designated in 1980 in recognition of their outstanding scenery. Along with Scotland’s two National Parks, they represent our nation’s finest landscapes, and are equivalent to the Areas of Outstanding Beauty (AONBs) found in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.'

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'Get your walking shoes on and come and enjoy some of our wonderful walks through the finest countryside.'

The Trust operates in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. There is a separate National Trust for Scotland.

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'There are many places where you can enjoy the natural environment, for healthy exercise, the challenge of a long walk, a horse or cycle ride, or to experience nature and appreciate its quiet tranquillity and inspiring landscapes ... The Countryside Code applies to all parts of the countryside. Most of it is just good common sense, designed to help us all to respect, protect and enjoy our countryside.'

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Link to the Wikipedia Category listing seventeen Subcategories and nine Pages.

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Wikipedia

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'The emphasis of the Register is on gardens, grounds and other planned open spaces, such as town squares. The majority of sites registered are, or started life as, the grounds of private houses, but public parks and cemeteries form important categories too ... The emphasis of the Register is on "designed" landscapes, rather than on planting or botanical importance ... Registered sites are not open to the public unless advertised elsewhere as being so.'

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Historic England

Category Nature Reserves
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'Be inspired by the magic and beauty of Scotland's National Nature Reserves. These Reserves help protect an amazing range of wildlife and landscapes and each one is waiting to be discovered by you.'

Category Nature Reserves
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'Woods and meadows, heaths and moors, mountain and downland, rivers and wetlands and the coast - The Wildlife Trusts manage more than 2,000 nature reserves across the UK, the Isle of man and Alderney. These protect rare and threatened species and habitats and are a gateway for you to experience the natural world ...'

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Find a Walk near you  [The Wildlife Trusts]

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'We want to create a world where everyone feels connected to the environment so they can enjoy the benefits it gives and make choices that help protect it ... We offer opportunities for people to engage with the outdoors for their benefit ... We inspire people to be passionate about the environment.'

 

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'Find out where you can walk in Wales and what information you can get to plan your visit.'

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'Protected Areas represent the very best of Scotland's landscapes, plants and animals, rocks, fossils and landforms.  Their protection and management will help to ensure that they remain in good health for all to enjoy, both now and for future generations. They may be designated to meet the needs of international directives and treaties, national legislation and policies or more local needs and interests.'

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'We work with land owners who, for a variety of reasons, want to pass on responsibility (and often liability) for the management of an area of land. Ahead of taking responsibility and "ownership" we will identify and secure appropriate long-term funding (often in perpetuity) and management regimes, ensuring that the site has a sustainable future as green open space and crucially that it delivers against our charitable objectives. We now have ownership or long term management responsibility for over 2,000 ha of land with more than 50 spaces across England and are currently working on taking our first sites in Scotland.'

Category National Parks
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'Choosing a favourite national park walk is a bit like trying to choose your best Desert Island Discs. Everyone has their favourites and it’s a challenge to narrow down the list, but we tried ...'

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National Parks UK

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