National Parks and AONBs

National Parks and AONBs (areas of outstanding natural beauty) are of equal importance for landscape and scenic beauty, the difference is that AONBs exist for the purpose of conserving and enhancing their natural beauty. National Parks, in addition to this, have a second purpose - to promote understanding and enjoyment of the area's special qualities by the public. Because of this extra (and substantial) layer of responsibility they have their own independent National Park authorities with full planning powers running them. The National Parks conservation and enhancement purpose specifically includes "wildlife and cultural heritage". Nowhere in AONB legislation is cultural heritage covered.

Take a B&B or cottage break to explore these beautiful areas of the Great British countryside. Enjoy!