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Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)

Tel: 01588 674087


The Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) was designated in 1958 and covers a quarter of Shropshire. The hills, rolling farmland, woods and river valleys of this varied and special landscape are rich in geology and wildlife and ingrained with heritage. Off the beaten track and tranquil, this is a living, working place, loved by locals and visitors alike for its quality of environment, for walking and activities of all levels., and for relaxation and inspiration.

This is a landscape of diversity and contrast. 70% of the AONB is grazing land, and below the moorland and rough grass hilltops and commons lies a patchwork of fields rich in hedgerows and veteran trees. Ancient woodlands, wildflower meadows and orchards also survive, each habitat with its characteristic wildlife plants and invertebrates. Red grouse, skylark and dormouse are among the great variety of birds and mammals.

Church Stretton is the only town to be found in the Shropshire Hills AONB but there are other remote villages, strong and active communities and many opportunities for both locals and visitors to enjoy walks and outdoor activities which respect the area's amazing qualities.

Click Here for a map of the AONB