The Wye Valley AONB is an internationally important protected landscape containing some of the most beautiful lowland scenery in Britain
Within the AONB a 58 mile/92km stretch of the River Wye winds down the valley through spectacular limestone gorge scenery and dense ravine woodlands. Superb wildlife, intriguing archaeological and industrial remains and impressive geological features all make it into one of the most fascinating Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Designated in 1971, this unique landscape straddles the border between England and Wales. It includes areas within Gloucestershire, Forest of Dean, Herefordshire and Monmouthshire.
The Wye Valley AONB has been designated for special attention in recognition of its
(1) Exceptional landscape - dramatic limestone gorge and some of the most outstanding native woodlands to be found in Britain.
(2) Impressive geology - from Silurian limestones to plateaux of Old Red Sandstone: "Like a set of pie dishes, one within the other."
(3) Historic legacies - Silure (Iron Age) hillforts; Norman castles; the first Cistercian Abbey in Wales and a pioneering industrial heritage in iron; brass; wire; tinplate and copper works.
(4) Wildlife - A quarter of Britain's population of lesser horseshoe bats, a growing population of peregrine falcons, goshawks, ravens, rare whitebeam, nightjar and lesser known fish like the shad and twaite..
The designation indicates to everyone how important it is to protect and preserve the area's distinctive qualities, for the benefit of present and future generations. Take a minute and let us know what you value in the Wye Valley AONB by answering the poll quaestion below.
Entries are being invited for the 2018 Wye Valley AONB Farming Awards, celebrating landonwers who make an outstanding contribution to the landscape.
Our new Wye Valley River Festival 2018 is now live!