Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty
“An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is an area of countryside in England, Wales or Northern Ireland which has been designated for conservation due to its significant landscape value. Areas are designated in recognition of their national importance, by the relevant public body: Natural England, Natural Resources Wales, or the Northern Ireland Environment Agency. In place of AONB, Scotland uses the similar national scenic area (NSA) designation. Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty enjoy levels of protection from development similar to those of UK national parks, but unlike with national parks the responsible bodies do not have their own planning powers. They also differ from national parks in their more limited opportunities for extensive outdoor recreation.” (Wikipedia).
Below are the Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in the UK. Click on an AONB for information on Guidebooks and Maps.
In time we hope to add walks within or based on the AONB, and welcome input and suggestions.