Visiting the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

by Jack Guy

Jun 25, 2019

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Almost a third of the country of Cornwall is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, an official distinction that recognizes its amazing coastline, high moors and wooded valleys.


There are 46 AONB in the United Kingdom, but Cornwall’s is unique in that it is made up of 12 separate areas. There are coastal sections, such as St Agnes AONB and the Godrevy to Portreath AONB, as well as rural inland areas, like the Tamar Valley AONB and the Hartland AONB.


Anywhere you are in Cornwall you won’t be far from some spectacular scenery, including Land’s End and Lizard Point. Other notable attractions include the Camel Estuary, the moorland of Penwith and Bodmin, and the Tintagel headland.


If you hire a car, you can explore the AONB at your leisure. It’s the best way to do so, and you will be freed from restrictive public transport timetables.


There are lots of great opportunities for cycling and hiking too, so get out of the car and explore the great outdoors. The South-West Coast Path follows the entire coastline, for example, and takes in some truly amazing scenery. There are lots of birds to watch for, as well as larger animals such as deer.


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