In November 2011 the Welsh Government Environment Minister confirmed a southerly extension to include much of the Dee Valley from Corwen to Newbridge.
What is an AONB?
An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is a designated part of our landscape whose distinctive character, beauty, and cultural heritage are so precious that it is safeguarded in the national interest. Safeguarding is the protection and enhancement of the natural beauty, communities and businesses, and the unique architecture and archaeology of the area.
There are 46 Designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the UK, and the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley AONB is one of only 5 in Wales.
What makes the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley AONB special?
This fantastic gateway to North Wales is a place that demands to be explored by whatever means you can. Perhaps it is the tranquility of the remote and untouched wilderness, or the astounding views that can be seen from the many summits. Maybe it’s the ancient history, the remains of which can be glimpsed in the archaeology, ruins and architecture throughout the AONB. Or is it the wealth of wildlife that you can find in natural habitats that draws people to live, work and visit? Whatever it is, we have a duty to provide access while conserving our diverse geography, flora and fauna – and our villages – for generations to enjoy.