Visiting the AONB
The stunning landscapes of the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley have attracted visitors for hundreds of years.
The hills and mountains, the heather moorland and dramatic limestone cliffs, the steep-sided river valleys and ancient woodland, provide the perfect backdrop for a host of outdoor activities such as walking, cycling and horse riding.
There’s a range of magnificent heritage attractions to explore: a chain of Iron Age hillforts, Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal World Heritage Site, Valle Crucis Abbey and Castell Dinas Brân, the magnificent Marcher fortress of Chirk Castle.
But this is still a working landscape, distinctively Welsh in culture. Traditions and close ties to the land are still very much alive here. Many local events such as country shows and eisteddfodau emphasise this special relationship between community and landscape.
Our towns and villages are the heartbeat of the AONB. They are full of great places to shop, cafés and restaurants where you can sample locally sourced food and pubs where you can raise a glass of beer from the local microbrewery.
If you’re planning a visit, this section will tell you all you need to know about how to explore our great outdoors, connect with our communities and find the best places to stay.
And when you’re on your travels, think green. Foot, pedal and horse power are the environmentally friendly ways to get about the AONB – but next best is public transport. Our fleet of buses will get you to where you want to go. Some of them are free. And some throw in a free history lesson while you’re travelling.