1. The Cotswolds AONB
A gentle quintessentially English landscape of rolling hills, historic market towns and heritage inns covering Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire.
2. Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB
The Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB stretches from Kessingland in the North all the way south to the beautiful Stour estuary and Constable Country. The area contains iconic coastal landscapes in Britain including the largest shingle spit in Europe – Orford Ness and the great sweeping sandy beaches of Dunwich Heath. Classic seaside locations also feature including enchanting Southwold with its award-winning pier and Aldeburgh, world famous for its annual classical music festival.
3. Dedham Vale AONB
Dedham Vale AONB and the Stour Valley on the Suffolk/Essex border is Constable Country, a gentle English lowland landscape of meadows, river valleys and woodland. The landscape around Flatford and Dedham village has changed little since Constable’s day.
4. The Northumberland Coast AONB
The Northumberland Coast AONB on the North East Coast contains endless sandy beaches and nature reserves, magnificent coastal castles, over 100 ancient monuments and wildlife rich off-shore islands. The Holy Island of Lindisfarne is the Northumberland Coast’s world famous heritage attraction.
5. The North Pennines AONB
The North Pennines AONB is the second largest of the UK AONBs covering North Cumbria, the South Tyne and Allendale and the Durham Dales of Weardale, Teesdale and the Derwent Valley. Landscapes are a mix of wild high moorland peaks like Alston Moor and broad upland Dales. Spectacular naturally formed attractions include the famous waterfalls of High Force and Low Force in Teesdale.
6. High Weald AONB
The High Weald AONB on the Kent and Sussex border. World famous Kent and Sussex gardens are in The Weald including Wakehurst and Sissinghurst plus ancient woodlands like Ashdown Forest, inspiration for the Winnie-the-Pooh stories. The Seven Wonders of the Weald include steam railways, castles, vineyards and family fun farm parks.
7. Isles of Scilly AONB
The Isles of Scilly AONB off the West Cornwall Coast. St Mary’s is the largest of the Scilly Isles. Things to do on the Isles of Scilly include beautiful walks, great bird watching, seal and dolphin watching boat trips and exquisite tropical gardens which thrive in the mild climate here.
8. The Gower AONB
The Gower AONB on the South West Wales Coast, a lesser known AONB gem with stunning world best beaches and coastal walks. Rhossili Bay on The Gower is one of Britain’s most spectacular stretches of coast. This Welsh AONB is perfect for year round romantic breaks and weddings. The Gower is also a popular surfing hotspot on the Welsh coast.
9. Dorset AONB
The Dorset AONB is spread across the West Dorset Coast and Countryside contains the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, a mecca for coastal walking featuring stunning beaches, secluded bays and iconic geological coastal features like Durdle Door.
10. The Chilterns AONB
The Chilterns AONB is a landscape of ancient woodlands, beautiful landscaped parks and gentle rolling hills covering much of Buckinghamshire. The Chilterns contain beautiful villages like Amersham and Great Missenden, inspiration for the children’s stories of Roald Dahl.