Landscapes for Life
Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) are some of the UK’s most cherished and outstanding landscapes.
The Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is regarded as one of the finest lowland landscapes in Britain. It was designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1971 to protect its special features, which include dramatic limestone gorges and native woodlands, impressive geology, rich wildlife and a wealth of history including hillforts, castles and the first Cistercian Abbey in Wales. At its heart is the river Wye, one of the most natural rivers in Britain, which meanders majestically through the Welsh/English borders. Together these Special Qualities create the sense of place and identity that makes the Wye Valley an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.