outstanding natural beauty in england
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The Areas of outstanding natural beauty in England listed

AONB EnglandEngland is synonymous with beautiful green countryside. England is home to some truly beautiful country areas and there are 38 areas of outstanding natural beauty in England. If you love to spend time immersed in beautiful natural beauty then you may well want to explore and discover these recognised beautiful areas. These areas tend to be particularly popular with those who enjoy rambling, cycling and exploring new places. Many of these places are not only home to beautiful countryside but also nearby you can find many quaint and idyllic villages and market towns, which can be just perfect for stopping off for a cup of tea and a piece of cake.

Enjoying tea and a piece of cake is a popular activity in England. One thing not to be missed when visiting the English countryside is a trip to a village tea shop where you can indulge in a warm cup of tea or a cream tea, complete with a scone, jam and cream. It is possible of course to pack a flask and sandwiches when exploring the countryside but it can be so much nicer to pop in to somewhere warm for a much needed break when discovering new areas. The good thing about these stunning natural areas in England is that they are found all over England and it won't be too far for you to visit one.

Favourite activities in the English countryside include rambling, cycling, birdwatching and wildlife watching. The more adventurous may like to take part in activities like gliding, canoeing, hiking and even white water rafting. A number of areas of countryside are looked after by the National Trust in England but it does vary and many forests come under the care of the Forestry Commission. Some come under the care of the Woodland trust.

The officially recognised Areas of Outstanding natural beauty in England are:

Clevelenad Way in northern EnglandNorthern England
Arnside & Silverdale
Forest of Bowland
Howardian Hills
Northumberland coast
Lincolnshire Wolds
North Pennines
Solway Coast


lovely rural view in KentSouth East of England
Kent Downs
North Wessex Downs
Surrey Hills


East Anglia
Dedham Vale
Norfolk Coast
Suffolk Coast and Heaths

Kennack Sands in CornwallSouth West of England
Blackdown Hills
Cranborne Chase & West Wiltshire Downs
East Devon
Quantock Hills
Mendip Hills
North Devon
South Devon
Tamar Valley

The Heart of England & surrounding areas
Cannock Chase
Malvern Hills
Shropshire Hills

South Coast of England
Chichester Harbour
High Weald

English Welsh borders
Wye Valley

English islands
Isles of Scilly
Isle of Wight

From the above, it can easily be seen that the South West of England is a region rich with areas of outstanding natural beauty. This wealth of naturally pleasing countryside may help explain the South West’s popularity as a holiday destination. It is less well known though that Northern England is home to so many naturally beautiful areas.

If you love walking in beautiful country areas then a rural break in England may be just right for you. If you are looking to take a self catering break in the beautiful English countryside then why not take a look at country cottages England, in the countryside and elsewhere here.


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