Anglesey AONB

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. 

Point Lynas (Trwyn Eilian), Isle of Anglesey
Point Lynas (Trwyn Eilian), Isle of Anglesey

Clwydian Range and Dee Valley AONB

The Clwydian Range and Dee Valley 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 Path National Trail, which runs right through the region.

Clwydian Range AONB, Denbighshire
Clwydian Range AONB, Denbighshire

Llŷn Peninsula AONB

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 Coast Path runs right around Llŷn, passing coves, cliffs and unforgettable beaches. 

Dinas Dinlle, Llŷn Peninsula
Dinas Dinlle, Llŷn Peninsula

Gower AONB

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.

aerial view Worm's Head, Gower Peninsula.
Worm's Head, Gower Peninsula

Wye Valley AONB

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 Path National Trail are hugely popular with walkers.

Image of Upper Wyndcliff, Wye Valley, AONB Monmouthshire
Upper Wyndcliff, Wye Valley, Monmouthshire

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Sun-dappled trails

William Wordsworth sighed over its “steep woods, lofty cliffs and green pastoral landscape.” JMW Turner immortalised it in his paintings. Over two centuries later, the Wye Valley is still as enchanting as ever. It’s a superb choice for an active break, exploring by kayak, on horseback or on foot.

Wye Valley and Vale of Usk