Welsh Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty To discover some of our finest hills, valleys, islands and coastal scenery, meet the little brothers of our national parks – our five gorgeous Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Anglesey AONB South Stack Lighthouse and Cliffs, Anglesey Most of Anglesey’s coast, from South Stack in the west to Puffin Island in the east, is an AONB. The coast path is a great way to explore, passing wild beaches, flower-dotted heathland and mud flats busy with birds. Bronze Age burial chambers offer a glimpse of the ancient past, whilst the elegant Plas Newydd mansion graces the south eastern shores. Find out more about Anglesey AONB Clwydian Range and Dee Valley AONB Clwydian Mountain Range, Snowdonia by photoJell This is the newest of the Welsh AONBs and it’s within easy reach of Liverpool and Manchester. At its heart is the Clwydian Range, a 21-mile chain of hills stretching from Prestatyn to Llangollen on the lively River Dee. There are wonderful views of undulating countryside from the Offa’s Dyke National Trail, which runs right through the region. Find out more about the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley AONB Llŷn Peninsula AONB Porthdinllaen, Llŷn Peninsula, Snowdonia by Log Cabins Wales One of Wales’ little-known gems, the Llŷn Peninsula is a natural extension of Snowdonia. Around a quarter of the peninsula is an AONB which includes superb, unspoilt coastal scenery, long-extinct volcanic peaks and Iron Age forts. An 84 mile section of the Wales Coastal Path runs right around Llŷn, passing coves, cliffs and unforgettable beaches. Find out more about the Llŷn Peninsula AONB Gower AONB Gower Peninsula, Swansea Famous for its beaches, surf and walking trails, Gower also contains exceptional ecological and archaeological sites. Within a few miles of each other are three Nature Reserves, several Sites of Special Scientific Interest and the earliest known human burial site in Western Europe, Paviland Cave, where 34,000 year old remains were found. Find out more about Gower AONB Wye Valley AONB Wye Valley, Monmouthshire The entire length of the River Wye is a Site of Scientific Interest and the lower section of its valley, from Hereford to Chepstow via Tintern Abbey, is an AONB. Wonderfully lush, this is one of Britain’s finest riverside landscapes: many artists and writers have found inspiration here. It also attracts canoeists, climbers and riders, while the Wye Valley Walk and Offa’s Dyke Park National Trail are hugely popular with walkers. Find out more about the Wye Valley AONB Enjoy this? Share it with friends Related items What is an AONB? Why are Anglesey, Gower, Llŷn, the Clwydian Range, Dee Valley and Wye Valley so special? Top Welsh writers Discover twelve Welsh writers who have been inspired by Wales’ language and landscapes. Walks in North Wales Explore the soaring mountains and refreshing coastal walks of North Wales. Inland walking routes Exploring the heart of Wales with a series of accessible walks for all the family. Summit Adventure Mountains define the Welsh landscape. Here are ten of the best places to stop and admire them. 5 coastal bird sounds Discover five evocative bird sounds that you might hear on your coastal journey.