Type of Website: Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

www.open-walks.co.uk/Directory/Areas-of-Outstanding-Natural-Beauty/

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The Category Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty is a subset of Protected Areas in the UK. Click HERE to find a List of the Titles of all of the AONBs which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.

landscapesforlife.org.uk

Overview

'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.'

www.daera-ni.gov.uk/topics/land-and-landscapes/areas-outstanding-natur...

Overview

'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 ... '

www.visitwales.com/things-do/nature-landscapes/welsh-areas-outstanding...

Overview

'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.'

Description from

Visit Wales

www.nature.scot/professional-advice/safeguarding-protected-areas-and-s...

Overview

'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.'

www.arnsidesilverdaleaonb.org.uk

Category:South Lakeland
Overview

'This extraordinary place is famous for its amazing wildlife, stunning scenery, and superb walks. From the simple beauty of the lady's-slipper orchid to the shining sands of Morecambe Bay, the area is simply awe-inspiring - full of natural spectacles and a surprise around every corner.'

blackdownhillsaonb.org.uk/visit/walks-rides/

Category:Devon
Overview

'The Blackdown Hills are a little-known group of hills lying on the border of Devon and Somerset. Broadly, the area extends from Wellington in the north to Honiton in the south and from Cullompton in the west to Chard in the east.'

www.cannock-chase.co.uk

Category:Cannock Chase
Overview

'One of England’s finest landscapes, and the jewel of the West Midlands. Well known and loved for its scenery, wildlife and rich history, it offers superb walking, cycling and horse-riding in a tranquil and peaceful setting.'

www.conservancy.co.uk/page/walking/352/

Category:Chichester
Overview

'Walking around Chichester Harbour is always a joy. There are over 90km of public rights of way through the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Many of these paths run right along the shoreline giving fantastic views of the water. Others cut across farmland and through the picturesque harbour villages.'

www.chilternsaonb.org/explore-enjoy/walks-rides.html

Category:Chiltern
Overview

'The Chilterns AONB is blessed with a wealth of walking and cycling routes, which use the extensive network of footpaths, bridleways and quiet lanes that cross Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire.'

The Chilterns AONB is blessed with a wealth of walking and cycling routes, which use the extensive network of footpaths, bridleways and quiet lanes that cross Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire. You will find long, medium and short distance walks and bike rides, stile-free and easy access walks and plenty of walks starting from rail stations. For most of these routes you can download a leaflet that contains a route map and information on points of interest. - See more at: http://www.chilternsaonb.org/explore-enjoy/walks-rides.html#sthash.q2MiPx7N.dpuf
The Chilterns AONB is blessed with a wealth of walking and cycling routes, which use the extensive network of footpaths, bridleways and quiet lanes that cross Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire. - See more at: http://www.chilternsaonb.org/explore-enjoy/walks-rides.html#sthash.q2MiPx7N.dpuf
The Chilterns AONB is blessed with a wealth of walking and cycling routes, which use the extensive network of footpaths, bridleways and quiet lanes that cross Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire. - See more at: http://www.chilternsaonb.org/explore-enjoy/walks-rides.html#sthash.q2MiPx7N.dpuf
The Chilterns AONB is blessed with a wealth of walking and cycling routes, which use the extensive network of footpaths, bridleways and quiet lanes that cross Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire - See more at: http://www.chilternsaonb.org/explore-enjoy/walks-rides.html#sthash.q2MiPx7N.dpuf
The Chilterns AONB is blessed with a wealth of walking and cycling routes, which use the extensive network of footpaths, bridleways and quiet lanes that cross Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire - See more at: http://www.chilternsaonb.org/explore-enjoy/walks-rides.html#sthash.q2MiPx7N.dpuf

www.clwydianrangeanddeevalleyaonb.org.uk/walking/

Category:Flintshire
Overview

'A wonderful area to explore on foot. Relatively short walks are quickly rewarded by breathtaking views and stunning landscapes. But some magnificent long-distance footpaths also criss-cross the area including the Daddy of them all: Offa's Dyke National Trail.

www.cornwall-aonb.gov.uk

Category:Cornwall
Overview

'The Cornwall AONB contains some of the most stunning landscapes in Cornwall and is one of the most beautiful parts of the UK. The AONB holds a diverse range of landscapes from the rugged uplands of Bodmin Moor and West Penwith to the tranquil estuaries of the Fal, Helford and the Fowey. Its only a short hop from here to the stunning North Cornwall Coast with its dramatic coastal scenery and great collection of surfing beaches. Whether you’re interested in wildlife, heritage, walking or just plain relaxing, the Cornwall AONB has it all!

www.cotswoldsaonb.org.uk

Category:Cotswold
Overview

'Walking in the Cotswolds provides a wealth of choices with gentle strolls, hilly hikes and a variety of circular walks including many level, stile-free walks for wheelchairs and easy access.'

See also

Oxfordshire Cotswolds Walks [West Oxfordshire District Council]

www.ccwwdaonb.org.uk/interactive-map-toplevel/walking-riding-cycling/

Category:North Dorset
Overview

'Our AONB covers 380 square miles of countryside criss crossing the boundaries of Wiltshire, Dorset, Hampshire and Somerset. The area is visually stunning, with a broad mixture of different types of landscape, as well as a rich historical heritage.'

www.dedhamvalestourvalley.org/enjoying-the-area/walking/

Category:Babergh
Overview

'The valley retains a locally characteristic, rural landscape with a rich diversity of wildlife and habitats. In the AONB, key landscape features have been retained and Constable’s views are still largely apparent. The majority of the land in the valley is still farmed despite development pressures, and supports a viable and diverse agriculture with a mix of farm sizes ... The designated area of the AONB is just 90 kilometres square and stretches upstream from Manningtree to within one mile of Bures. The remainder of the Stour Valley landscape is mostly of as high a quality as that within the AONB designation, and representations to extend the AONB continue.'

www.dorsetaonb.org.uk/explore/

Category:Dorset
Overview

'The Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is one of a family of protected landscapes in the UK, working to conserve and enhance the natural beauty of almost half of Dorset's countryside. Rather than just one beautiful landscape to shout about, the Dorset AONB is a collection of beautiful landscapes - each with different histories, ways of working and stories to tell ...'

www.eastdevonaonb.org.uk

Category:East Devon
Overview

'A series of circular routes off the East Devon Way have been developed for us by the Ramblers with the support of East Devon District Council. To see these routes in detail please register for free on the Ramblers web site, look for a local walk, click the link to the map then you can find and print the walk you like. Or you can print the overview map ...'

www.forestofbowland.com/walking-information

Category:Craven
Overview

'Offers some of the most beautiful and remote walking in the country, from the grandeur and isolation of the moorland hills to the undulating lowlands with their distinctive pattern of settlements, woodland cloughs and river valleys. These landscape contrasts, along with the serenity and tranquility of the area make this a walker’s paradise.'

www.swansea.gov.uk/aonb

Category:Swansea
Overview

'Gower was the first place in Britain to be named an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. With cliffs and woodlands ringed by sparkling beaches, this tongue of land is so adored by walkers, birdwatchers, sunbathers and surfers, it’s been scooping awards ever since.'

See also

This is Gower Audio Trail [Audio Trails]

www.highweald.org

Category:Kent
Overview

'The High Weald is a fantastic place to walk. There is an amazing network of paths (2395km) as well as lots of countryside sites (61) owned by organisations such as the National Trust, RSPB, Woodland Trust and Forestry Commission.'

www.howardianhills.org.uk/58/Walking.html

Category:Ryedale
Overview

'Covers 204 sq km (79 sq miles) of the North Yorkshire countryside, nestled between the North York Moors National Park, the Yorkshire Wolds and the Vale of York. It is a unique and captivating landscape with its well-wooded rolling countryside, patchwork of arable and pasture fields, scenic villages and historic country houses with classic parkland landscapes.'

www.scillyaonb.org.uk

Category:Isles of Scilly
Overview

'The AONB walks leaflets describe various walks in and around the Islands with points of interest to be seen along the way. They are available for sale at the Tourist Information Centre and at various other outlets across the Islands.'

www.kentdowns.org.uk/visit/activities/

Category:Kent
Overview

'The Kent Downs are well served by an extensive network of Public Rights of Way and permissive access routes – offering a variety of walks for everyone. You’ll be amazed at what you’ll discover when you leave the roads behind ...'

www.lincswolds.org.uk/enjoying/walking

Category:Lincolnshire
Overview

'This is a wonderful area of countryside with some of the most beautiful, unspoilt scenery in the East Midlands. There are rolling hills and hidden valleys, gentle streams and nestling villages. The Lincolnshire Wolds is the highest land in eastern England between Kent and Yorkshire – there are fine views to the Pennines in the west, and the coast to the east. '

www.malvernhillsaonb.org.uk/exploring-the-aonb/walks-in-the-aonb/disco...

Category:Malvern Hills
Overview

'An excellent destination for walkers of all ages and abilities, whether you are interested in a gentle stroll along a tree-lined path or an energetic trek along the ridge of the Malvern Hills. '

www.mendiphillsaonb.org.uk/walks/

Category:Mendip
Overview

'This is one of England’s most special places – the limestone Mendip Hills with the lakes of the Chew Valley is a stunning landscape of steep slopes and undulating plateau punctuated by spectacular gorges and rocky outcrops. On the hilltops there are hundreds of ancient monuments, whilst on steeper slopes flower rich grasslands and wooded combes offer varied habitats for a wide variety of wildlife.'

nidderdaleaonb.org.uk/visiting/outdoor-and-active/walking/

Category:North Yorkshire
Overview

'Covers 233 square miles (603 km2) of Northern England in the county of North Yorkshire.The AONB shares a common boundary with the Yorkshire Dales National Park immediately to the west ... We think one of the best ways to explore Nidderdale AONB is on foot. Go at your own pace, enjoy the sights and sounds and benefit from some of the most peaceful walking in the Yorkshire Dales.'

www.norfolkcoastaonb.org.uk/pages/pspage.php?PageID=140

Category:North Norfolk
Overview

'Stretching from the silt expanses of the Wash in the west through the coastal marshes, soft cliffs and hinterland of north Norfolk, to the dune system at Winterton in the east, it is an area of remarkable beauty, diversity and scientific importance. '

Description from

Norfolk Coast Partnership

www.northpennines.org.uk/visit-explore/

Category:Durham [County]
Overview

'The North Pennines is the northernmost section of the Pennine range of hills which runs north–south through northern England. It lies between Carlisle to the west and Darlington to the east. It is bounded to the north by the Tyne Valley and to the south by the Stainmore Gap ... The North Pennines was designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1988 for its moorland scenery, the product of centuries of farming and lead-mining. At almost 2,000 square kilometres (770 sq mi) it is the second largest of the 49 AONBs in the United Kingdom.'

www.northwessexdowns.org.uk/about-us/our-aonb.html

Category:North Wiltshire
Overview

'Located in the south of England, in an area covering 668 sq miles between Reading and Swindon to the East and North, and Andover and Devizes to the South and West ... Uses an embedded Interactive Map to provide a wealth of information from Local producers through to Walking and Cycle Routes. It's easy to turn on or off the layers you wish to have displayed.'

www.northumberlandcoastaonb.org

Category:Northumberland
Overview

'The Northumberland Coast AONB is often best appreciated on foot, the fantastic network of footpaths, bridleways and quiet lanes make it easy to find peace and tranquillity. There is a continuous coastal footpath ‘The Northumberland Coast Path’, part of the North Sea Trail, which stretches from Cresswell in the south to Berwick-upon-Tweed in the north.'

www.quantockhills.com/downloadable-walks

Overview

'Craving crisp air and wide open spaces? Views that stretch for miles and miles? Wooded combes with babbling brooks? Uninterupted heathland? Wild jurassic coast? Better get your walking boots on then ...'

www.ringofgullion.org/things-to-do/walking/

Overview

'The Ring of Gullion offers walking routes to suit every ability from the novice/pleasure walker to the most experienced of hikers. Walks range from 1 mile woodland trails to the 36 mile Ring of Gullion Waymarked Way.'

www.facebook.com/shrophillsaonb/

Overview

'What better way to enjoy the natural beauty of the Shropshire Hills than to go for a walk? It’s a great thing also for exercise (or relaxation), exploration (or revisiting a familiar place) and for company (or solitude)'

www.solwaycoastaonb.org.uk/2019/

Category:Allerdale
Overview

'Designated in December 1964 in recognition of the quality of its landscape and its significant historic and scientific interest. It stretches from Rockcliffe in the North to Maryport in the South, covering about 115 square kilometres of the Solway Plain.'

www.southdevonaonb.org.uk

Category:South Hams
Overview

'Covering 337 kilometres - 130 square miles - of coastline, estuaries and countryside, South Devon AONB stretches from Berry Head in Brixham to Jennycliff in Plymouth. As well as being a place of fabulous views and fantastic countryside it is home to 34,000 people.'

www.suffolkcoastandheaths.org/visiting/visitor-guides/walk-guides/

Category:East Suffolk
Overview

'We produce a wide range of guides designed to help you enjoy the area, many of which are free to download.'

www.surreyhills.org/discover/walking/

Category:Surrey
Overview

'The Surrey Hills offers some of South East England’s most beautiful and accessible countryside. Famous beauty spots include Box Hill, Leith Hill and the Devil’s Punch Bowl. You’ll discover an extensive footpath network, open commons, breathtaking views, attractive market towns and villages and much more.'

www.tamarvalley.org.uk/explore/walking/

Category:East Cornwall
Overview

'The Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, or TVAONB for short, is a special area around the rivers Tamar, Tavy and Lynher ... On one side is Devon, the other Cornwall. The Tamar Valley extends north from the broad estuary at Plymouth to the intricate, deeply incised river that meanders just below Launceston and Tavistock. It borders Dartmoor National Park to the east and the Kit Hill area to the west.'

www.wyevalleyaonb.org.uk/exploring-wye-valley-aonb/wye-valley-on-foot/...

Category:Monmouthshire
Overview

'The Wye Valley is excellent walking territory, offering the dedicated hiker and the afternoon stroller a wealth of interest and variety - from spectacular viewpoints overlooking the Wye to quiet wooded trails.'

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