The Protected Landscapes of Wales
The Isle of Anglesey AONB is one of the most varied and diverse landscape in Wales. Located on the North West coast of Wales it is part of the largest island in Wales. Being mostly a coastal designation it covers three quarters of the coastline of Anglesey and takes in most of the All Wales Coastal path on Anglesey.
The Brecon Beacons National Park is Wales at its most rugged and awe-inspiring, a dramatic landscape of snowcapped peaks and deep valleys, of thundering waterfalls, hidden caves and jagged gorges that's waiting to be explored by bike, on foot or horseback.
This very special, beautiful landscape covers 390 square kilometres of windswept hilltops, heather moorland, limestone crags and wooded valleys, almost touching the coast at Prestatyn Hillside in the north and stretching south to brooding Moel Fferna, its highest point at 630 metres. The area embraces some of Britain’s most glorious countryside, also the World Heritage Site of Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Llangollen Canal.
Designated in 1956 for its classic limestone coast and the variety of its natural habitats, Gower was the first AONB designated in the UK. Rich and diverse, Gower’s scenery ranges from fragile dune and salt marsh in the north to the dramatic limestone cliffs along the south coast, intercut with sandy beaches. Inland, the ridges of Cefn Bryn and Rhossili Down dominate a landscape of traditional small fields, wooded valleys and open commons.
The Llŷn AONB, situated in the north west Wales, is a uniquely beautiful part of the country. 90 miles of rugged coastline, sweeping hillsides, patchwork fields, islands teeming with fascinating wildlife and an unrivalled wealth of Welsh culture and history
Pembrokeshire Coast National Park has something for everyone, from lazing on golden sands, walking some of the 186-mile Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail, soaking up the culture and heritage at historic sites and enjoying a host of activities from horse riding to coasteering.
Since its designation in 1951, Snowdonia has been regarded as being among Europe’s greatest and most varied National Parks. Within the 823 square miles included in the boundary, there are nine mountain ranges, covering about 52% of the Park, with many peaks reaching 3,000ft – including Wales’ most famed peak, Snowdon, at 3,560 feet.
In search of picturesque beauty? Then visit the Wye Valley. You’ll find romantic viewpoints that take your breath away, impressive cliff top castles, cultural icons like Offa’s Dyke and fascinating industrial heritage, all within the majestic meandering trail of the River Wye.
The three Welsh National Parks (Brecon Beacons, Pembrokeshire Coast and Snowdonia) together with the five Welsh Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (Anglesey, Clwydian Range and Dee Valley, Gower, Llŷn and Wye Valley), protect 24 percent of Wales, including precious landscapes, habitats, villages and heritage sites. These special areas are perfect for weekends and holidays where you can enjoy a superb range of local food, accommodation and activities in the great outdoors.
Watch the video for a taste of some of the incredible experiences you can have across the Welsh Protected Landscapes
Adventures in the 8 Protected Landscapes of Wales | Anturiaethau yn yr 8 ardal o Dirlun Gwarchodedig yng Nghymru: