AHNE Bryniau Clwyd / Clwydian Range AONB

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What makes us special?

The Clwydian Range and Dee Valley AONB is a dynamic landscape with flourishing communities and a thriving local economy.

It’s a flagship for sustainable development and forward planning. And it represents a rich biological and cultural resource that is accessible to all.

But that isn’t the full story of what makes it special. It’s special because of how it makes people feel.

Caer Drewyn

People love the AONB – residents and visitors alike. They cherish it a peaceful haven and they treasure its open spaces, its commanding views and its own very particular brand of Welsh culture.

That’s why people who live, work and play here are all working in partnership with the AONB. They want to have a stake in the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley and to help invest in its future.

They want to conserve its special qualities – the link between communities and their landscape, the quality of the environment, the sense of tranquillity, remoteness and wildness.

And they want to celebrate and enhance its special features. These include the limestone pavements, heather moorland, hanging valleys, wetlands and broad-leafed woodland that make up the natural landscape.

They include historic landmarks such as Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal and the Iron Age hillforts that crown the Clwydian Range. They include cultural and artistic inspirations such as the eisteddfodau held all over the area, its quarrying and mining heritage.

And they include the AONB’s commitment to access and recreation. Because this historic gateway to Wales, crossed by the great artery of Offa’s Dyke National Trail, isn’t just for gazing at from a distance. It demands to be explored – by foot, by bike, by horse or by green public transport.

All of which you can find out about in “Visiting the AONB”.

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