Areas of outstanding natural beauty

These places make your heart beat just a little faster. From delightful working harbours, to exquisite beaches, impressive gorges, rolling hills, and fascinating heathlands, we boast over 30 wildly differing landscapes which have been officially designated as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Walking the chalk hills of the Lincolnshire Wolds or marvelling at the wildfowl, seals and dolphins from the flats and marshes of the Solway Coast. Inhaling the aromas of the orchards and hop farms that populate stretches of the undulating Kent Downs. You will be part of living, breathing landscapes.

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Olde World Lincolnshire

Olde World Lincolnshire

The perfect antidote to the hustle and bustle of the city.

Location: Lincolnshire

Picturesque places
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Walk across 650-million-year-old rocks

Walk across 650-million-year-old rocks

The Malvern Hills is a range of ancient rocks that straddle the Herefordshire and Worcestershire border.

Location: Malvern Hills, Herefordshire

Walking and hiking
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Experience gentle bike rides and outstanding natural beauty

Experience gentle bike rides and outstanding natural beauty

Explore the Howardian Hills on two wheels and three rides, with enticing back-roads and country lanes that show you a hidden side of North Yorkshire.

Location: Malton, North Yorkshire

Cycling
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Reconnect with nature at Dunwich Heath

Reconnect with nature at Dunwich Heath

Tucked away on the coast, Dunwich Heath is one of the more remote and dramatically beautiful parts of Suffolk.

Location: Dunwich , Suffolk

Areas of outstanding natural beauty
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Explore the Forest of Bowland AONB on two wheels

Explore the Forest of Bowland AONB on two wheels

Spot wildlife in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty from the seat of an electric bike.

Location: Clitheroe, Lancashire

Countryside
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Ride the Water Rail Way cycle route

Ride the Water Rail Way cycle route

Begin your ride in the city and then head out to the Wolds.

Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire

Low cost
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Keep it local at the village market

Keep it local at the village market

It’s pretty as a picture in Hovingham, and prettier still on the first Saturday of each month when local growers and artisans set up stall.

Location: Hovingham, North Yorkshire

Food markets
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Visit the dramatic landscape that inspired John Constable

Visit the dramatic landscape that inspired John Constable

Follow in the footsteps of John Constable and explore Dedham Vale and Stour Valley an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Location: Dedham, Colchester

Areas of outstanding natural beauty
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Walk with Offa in the Shropshire Hills

Walk with Offa in the Shropshire Hills

Follow in King Offa’s footsteps with 18 way-marked pub walks taking you through border country between England & Wales and along Offa’s Dyke.

Location: Clun, Shropshire

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Kelling Heath Holiday Park

Kelling Heath Holiday Park

Set amongst 250 acres of woodland overlooking the North Norfolk coastline.

Location: Kelling Heath, Norfolk

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Rural Norfolk

Rural Norfolk

If you feel like the walls are closing in, try heading to Norfolk for a dose of big skies, blue sea and cute little towns.

Location: Burnham, Norfolk

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Spot black grouse in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Spot black grouse in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Grab your binoculars and head for the Durham Dales – explore one of England’s most special places and discover a true Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Location: Durham Dales, Durham

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Keeping it in the family at Castle Howard

Keeping it in the family at Castle Howard

The Howard family has called Castle Howard home for 300 years but their house is your house as you explore one of Yorkshire’s finest historic estates.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

Castles and Historic Properties
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Take park in the Cotswolds & Severn Vale circular cycling tour

Take park in the Cotswolds & Severn Vale circular cycling tour

Cotswolds Tourism have launched a circular cycling holiday tour, so you to spend a week exploring the Cotswolds and the Severn Vale, with optional day routes along the way.

Location: Gloucestershire, Cotswolds

Countryside
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Tour the Dorset countryside on an electric bike

Tour the Dorset countryside on an electric bike

Bike with a difference with Dorset Electric Bike Centre and explore the wonders of the West Dorset AONB countryside.

Location: Dorchester, Dorset

Rural and Coastal Escapes
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Tetbury Woolsack Race

Tetbury Woolsack Race

This is undoubtedly one of England's strangest sports, but its tradition dates back to the 17th-century.

Location: Tetbury, Gloucestershire

Budget
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Spend a day exploring the sights of Tisbury

Spend a day exploring the sights of Tisbury

With art and beauty steeped in history, Tisbury is an excellent base from which to explore Wiltshire’s countryside.

Location: Tisbury, Wiltshire

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Lose yourself in the Allen Valleys

Lose yourself in the Allen Valleys

The Allen Valleys are a nationally protected landscape steeped in history, rich in wildlife, local traditions and culture and a hotspot for artists.

Location: Allendale, Northumberland

Forests and woodlands
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Enjoy sculptures and breathtaking views on the Spa Trail

Enjoy sculptures and breathtaking views on the Spa Trail

Enjoy a family friendly cycling route following an old section of the Horncastle to Woodhall Spa railway route.

Location: Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire

Countryside
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See spectacular deer in Richmond Park

See spectacular deer in Richmond Park

Don’t miss your chance to see the famous deer which have been roaming in the Royal Park since 1529.

Location: Richmond-upon-Thames, Surrey

City parks

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