England's Areas of outstanding natural beauty

England's 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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Enjoy stunning views from the Quantock Hills

Enjoy stunning views from the Quantock Hills

Take in the beautiful views of the Quantock Hills and discover the rare Exmoor ponies grazing over Cothelstone Hill, wild flowers and the woodlands.

Location: Taunton, Somerset

 
Walk in the footsteps of Romans at Chedworth Roman Villa

Walk in the footsteps of Romans at Chedworth Roman Villa

Discover 4th-century Roman England at Chedworth.

Location: Fossebridge, Gloucestershire

 
Kayak around The Needles rocks and lighthouse

Kayak around The Needles rocks and lighthouse

How would you like to get up close and personal with one of the Isle of Wight’s most iconic landmarks?

Location: Freshwater, Isle of Wight

 
Slow things down in Hidcote Manor Gardens

Slow things down in Hidcote Manor Gardens

Forget about the outside world for a few hours in this perfect spot of Gloucestershire.

Location: Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire

 
Star gaze in Northumberland’s Dark Sky Park

Star gaze in Northumberland’s Dark Sky Park

Home to some of Europe’s darkest night skies, Northumberland has truly spectacular galaxy gazing from atmospheric locations and ancient Roman sites.

Location: Kielder Water & Forest Park, Northumberland

 
Enjoy the great outdoors at Cannock Chase Forest

Enjoy the great outdoors at Cannock Chase Forest

Cannock Chase is the UK’s smallest mainland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Here you can ride, hike, climb or just wander at your own pace.

Location: Rugeley , Staffordshire

 
Experience a revival of Cotswolds’ culinary traditions

Experience a revival of Cotswolds’ culinary traditions

Perfect your culinary skills at Thyme at Southrop’s cookery school, then explore some of the Cotswolds’ best restaurants in Bibury and Nailsworth.

Location: Southrop, Gloucestershire

 
Explore the rooms and grounds of Snowshill Manor

Explore the rooms and grounds of Snowshill Manor

From suits of Samurai armour to antique bicycles of all shapes and sizes, there are about 22,000 reasons to take a nose round Snowshill Manor.

Location: Snowshill, Gloucestershire

 
Go seal and puffin spotting on the Farne Islands

Go seal and puffin spotting on the Farne Islands

Visit Farne Islands to see thousands of seabirds and a huge Grey seal colony.

Location: Farne Islands, Northumberland

 
5 beaches you wouldn't believe are in England

5 beaches you wouldn't believe are in England

It's hard to believe, but these five beaches really are in England. Check them out, and you might find your next holiday destination.

 
Take a break to picturesque Falmouth

Take a break to picturesque Falmouth

Based around a thriving harbour Falmouth is gateway to the beautiful Fal River which runs through an Area Of Natural Beauty.

Location: Falmouth, Cornwall

 
Discover olde world Lincolnshire

Discover olde world Lincolnshire

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

Location: Lincolnshire

 
Lose yourself in the Allen Valleys

Lose yourself in the Allen Valleys

Strap on your walking boots and explore a countryside full of contrasts. Prepare to be blown away by this picturesque part of the North Pennines.

Location: Allendale, Northumberland

 
Get into green camping in the Cotswolds

Get into green camping in the Cotswolds

Camp out amongst elderflowers and starlight at Thistledown Campsite. Acres of idyllic woodland surround your tent, waiting to be explored for free.

Location: Nympsfield, Gloucestershire

 
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

 
Take part in the Cotswolds & Severn Vale circular cycling tour

Take part in the Cotswolds & Severn Vale circular cycling tour

Enjoy a circular self guided cycling holiday tour, so you spend a week exploring the Cotswolds & Severn Vale, on your bike with optional day routes.

Location: Gloucestershire, Cotswolds

 
Discover dinosaur footprints on the beach

Discover dinosaur footprints on the beach

Everyone who has been to the beach has seen footprints left in the sand, but have you ever seen ones that have been left by a dinosaur?

Location: Brook, Isle of Wight

 
Sample the great outdoors in Nidderdale

Sample the great outdoors in Nidderdale

The striking scenery, character, historic landmarks and wildlife of this Yorkshire Dales Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty are made for adventure.

Location: Pateley Bridge/Masham, North Yorkshire

 
Feel alive in Northumberland’s stunning landscapes

Feel alive in Northumberland’s stunning landscapes

Be inspired by the beauty of Northumberland’s protected parks and stunning coastline, and be dazzled by the stars in its clear night skies.

Location: Once Brewed, Northumberland

 
Make your escape to the Isles of Scilly

Make your escape to the Isles of Scilly

Clear waters and a balmy micro-climate are just a few of the reasons to head to the Isles of Scilly this summer.

Location: Scilly Isles, Cornwall

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