AHNE Bryniau Clwyd / Clwydian Range AONB


What is an AONB?

AONB stands for Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There are just five in the whole of Wales ­­– including the Wye Valley which straddles the English-Welsh border.

Because of their special qualities, AONBs have more protection than other areas under the planning process and the quality of their scenery is considered to be equal to that of National Parks.

The primary purpose of AONB designation is to conserve and enhance natural beauty – which includes not just the landscape but also flora, fauna and geological features.


As this landscape has been shaped by humans over thousands of years, it means protecting a wealth of archaeological, historical and architectural treasures, too.

And it means preserving the AONB as a living, working landscape

The Clwydian Range was designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty by the Secretary of State for Wales in July 1985 under the National Parks and Access to Countryside Act 1949.

In November 2011 the Welsh Government’s Environment Minister confirmed a southerly extension to include much of the Dee Valley from Corwen to Newbridge along with stunning natural features such as the Eglwyseg Escarpment, Horseshoe Pass and Esclusham Mountain. At the same time the whole area became known as the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley AONB.


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