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Surrey Hills AONB (c) John Miller

The National Association for
Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty

An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is a designated exceptional landscape whose distinctive character and natural beauty are precious enough to be safeguarded in the national interest. AONBs are protected and enhanced for nature, people, business and culture.

England, Wales and Northern Ireland has 46 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, covering 18% of the countryside, over a fifth of the English coast, and including 12,000 miles of footpaths and bridleways.

...supporting the UK’s 46 AONBs to value and secure the natural beauty of the countryside

The National Association for AONBs is a charity with three objects:

  • to promote the conservation and enhancement of natural beauty in and around AONBs and other similarly protected areas;
  • to advance the education, understanding and appreciation of the conservation and enhancement of the countryside; and
  • to promote the efficiency and effectiveness of organisations promoting or representing Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

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Kent Downs AONB attains coveted Lonely Planet ‘Best in Travel’ Award

A huge congratulations to Kent’s Heritage Coast in the Kent Downs AONB, which has won international recognition as the 4th region on Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2022. Lonely Planet particularly focused on its sustainable tourism practices.

Kent is the only UK destination to feature and was selected for its unique experiences, ‘wow’ factor and its ongoing commitment to sustainable tourism practices.

Huge congratulations to all the local organisations, businesses, and people that make Kent’s Heritage Coast such a special place to visit!