Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty
Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, sometimes referred to as AONB, are areas of countryside in England, Wales and Northern Ireland which have been designated for protection and conservation due to their significant landscape beauty and value. They are just as important as the National Parks, the main differences being that planning permission applies to National Parks and not all parts of An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty are open to the public. In Scotland, an AONB is referred to as a National Scenic Area (NSA).
The South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is home to spectacular countryside, traditional towns and villages, ancient woodlands and many different kinds of wildlife, and is popular for fishing, bird watching, cycling, walking and hiking. It is one of Britain's finest coastlines and very popular for family seaside holidays and leisure breaks.
The Cotswolds is an area of outstanding natural beauty with a delightful mix of country villages, lush green rolling countryside and magnificent historic castles. Officially designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1966, the Cotswolds is known for beautiful rural landscapes, honey-coloured stone built historical towns and villages, and grand stately homes with beautiful, well-kept gardens. Local companies offer guided and self-guided walks and tours which explore the rich history of the area.
Cannock Chase is an area of outstanding natural beauty in Staffordshire. It is one of England's finest landscapes and known for its beautiful forested scenery, varied history and wildlife. The most popular activities in Cannock Chase are walking, cycling and mountain biking on the marked trails, and horse riding in the more peaceful settings.