AHNE Bryniau Clwyd / Clwydian Range AONB

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Heritage

The landscape of the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley AONB, its breathtaking beauty and character, has been produced by generations occupying and working the land.

Clive Engine House, Melidan

What we see around us is a product of thousands of years of human influence.  Farming, the building of settlements, castles and places of worship, the winning of valuable minerals and stone have all shaped the familiar landscapes of today and contribute to the cultural richness of the area and its distinctive local character. 

Our heritage is not to be found only in museums. It is still part of the landscape and part of the texture of our lives today. It is visible not just in our castles and churches, in world-famous monuments such as Pontcysyllte Aqueduct or Llangollen Bridge, but out in the hills, fields, mountains and valleys waiting to be discovered.

Sometimes the experience is spectacular: standing on the ramparts of an Iron Age hillfort with the whole landscape laid out before you, for example, or gazing at the massive slate tips of the Horseshoe Pass.

Elsewhere there are quieter reminders of the past. A dry stone wall that may have stood for two centuries. A patch of burnt heather on a traditionally managed moorland. Old limekilns or engine houses glimpsed through vegetation.

But while the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley AONB is strongly connected to its past it remains a living, working landscape. People here are still going about their business just as they have done for thousands of years. Still part of a landscape that may be outstanding, natural and beautiful but has been shaped by humans for millennia.

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