Guide to Cottage Holidays in the UKs Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Malvern Hills AONBSearching for ideas for a cottage holiday in one of Britain’s Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)? Britain’s AONBs with their big open green spaces are indeed wonderful places to holiday. Whether you enjoy walking, cycling, wildlife watching or other outdoor activities, the UK’s AONBs are special protected places and are amongst the best places in the country to enjoy the great outdoors.

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A holiday in a cottage or pine lodge in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty promises good views from your holiday accommodation and when out and about.

If you’re in need of some ideas and inspirations on Britain’s AONBs and what they have to offer, let us help inspire you on what they have to offer. You may also be interested in reading our guide to self-catering holidays in Britain’s National Parks.

England’s AONBs:

There are an impressive 33 areas of outstanding natural beauty in England and 4 in Wales. The Wye Valley is another AONB that is partly found in England and partly in Wales.

Some of the best known AONBs in England include:

The Blackdown Hills, Mendip Hills, Quantock Hills, Tamar Valley, the Cranborne Chase AONB, North Devon and South Devon in the South West, the Cotswold Hills in Oxfordshire, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire, the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire. 

In Northern England, areas that shine include Arnside and Silverdale, the North Pennines, Forest of Bowland, Nidderdale, the Howardian Hills, the Northumberland Coast and the Lincolnshire Wolds.

East Anglian areas renowned for their beauty include the Norfolk Coast, the Dedham Vale and Stour Valley and Suffolk Coast and Heaths. These are home to ancient picturesque villages full of colour washed and thatched cottages.

Heart of England beautiful places include the Malvern Hills, Shropshire Hills.

The South of England is home to areas including the Chilterns, High Weald, Kent Downs and the Surrey Hills.

Wales AONBs:

Areas of outstanding natural beauty in Wales include the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley, Gower Peninsula, Llyn and the Isle of Anglesey.

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Northern Ireland has its own collection of AONBs.

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