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Clwydian Range and Dee Valley AONB
In November 2011, our Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty got a lot bigger. Welsh Government Environment Minister John Griffiths confirmed that the Clwydian Range AONB was to be extended to include much of the Dee Valley.
This southerly extension included the towns of Corwen and Llangollen, major historical landmarks such as Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, Chirk Castle and Valle Crucis Abbey and stunning natural features including the Eglwyseg Escarpment, Horseshoe Pass and Esclusham Mountain.
It added a further 229 square kilometres to the 160 square kilometres of heather, hillforts and limestone cliffs that make up the Clwydian Range. It was the first new area of land in Wales to be awarded AONB status for 26 years.
This means that it’s officially recognised as one of the nation’s most important landscapes. But the new Clwydian Range and Dee Valley AONB isn’t just about walls, hedges and heather moorland.
It’s about all the people who live and work here – the farmers, tourism operators and small businesses that help their communities to thrive.