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Wales’ 5 Breathtaking Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty

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Wales, a land of rolling hills and dramatic coastlines. It boasts not just three National Parks, but also five Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs). Hidden gems offering diverse landscapes, charming villages, and a chance to reconnect with nature which is great for your wellbeing.

White lighthouse atop of a rocky and grassy hill

Anglesey (Ynys Môn)

Imagine stepping onto an island paradise adorned with dramatic cliffs, sheltered coves, and sandy beaches lapped by turquoise waters. Ynys Môn AONB, nestled off the coast of North Wales, is exactly that. Hike along the Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path, a 135-mile trail offering breathtaking ocean views. Explore ancient sites like Beaumaris Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Or delve into the island’s rich folklore at Newborough National Nature Reserve.

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Clwydian Range and Dee Valley (Bryniau Clwyd a Dyffryn Dyfrdwy)

Journey to northeast Wales and discover the rolling green tapestry of the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley AONB. Lush valleys carved by glaciers unfold beneath your feet, while the scenic River Dee winds its way through the landscape. Explore charming villages like Llangollen, a haven for canal enthusiasts. Hike or cycle along Offa’s Dyke Path, a historic trail built by an 8th-century king, offering panoramic views and whispers of the past.

Rocky cliffs on beach, meeting with bright blue water

Llŷn Peninsula (Penrhyn Llŷn)

Rugged coastlines carved by the Irish Sea, secret coves whispering tales of smugglers, and charming villages steeped in tradition. The Llŷn AONB, jutting out into the northwest, is a haven for outdoor adventurers and history buffs alike. Hike the Wales Coast Path, a long-distance trail offering dramatic clifftop views, or discover hidden coves teeming with wildlife. Explore the historic town of Nefyn, a former royal court of Wales, or climb Yr Eifl, for panoramic vistas.

Blue and white waves hitting a sandy beach shoreline, with grassy cliffs

Gower (Y Gŵyr)

Step back in time and explore the beauty of the Gower, the UK’s first designated AONB. Located on the southwest coast of Wales, Gower boasts a unique combination of dramatic cliffs, pristine beaches like Three Cliffs Bay, and rolling hills dotted with ancient sites. Explore the medieval ruins of Oystermouth Castle. Hike the Gower Way, a 35-mile (56 km) trail showcasing the region’s beauty. Or visit the charming village of Mumbles, a haven for fresh seafood and watersports.

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Wye Valley (Dyffryn Gwy)

Straddling the border between Wales and England, the Wye Valley AONB is a haven for nature lovers and history buffs alike. The River Wye, a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest, winds its way through wooded slopes, creating a dramatic and picturesque landscape. Hike or bike along the Wye Valley Walk, a scenic trail offering breathtaking views. Or explore the numerous historic castles that line the valley, like the imposing Chepstow Castle. Visit the charming town of Tintern, nestled amidst the ruins of Tintern Abbey, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Or discover the region’s rich artistic heritage at the Dan yr Ogof Caves, adorned with prehistoric cave paintings.