Clwydian Range and Dee Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
The backdrop to the World Heritage Site
The Clwydian Range and Dee valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty covers the dramatic upland frontier of north Wales, one of Britain’s unmissable scenic highlights.
It includes some of the UK’s most amazing landscapes and, as you would expect – it is outstandingly beautiful! You will find unmistakable chains of purple heather clad summits, topped by some of Britain’s most dramatically situated hillforts.
The AONB covers 390 square kilometers of windswept hilltops, heather moorland, limestone crags and wooded valleys, almost touching the coast at Prestatyn Hillside in the north and stretching south to the brooding Moel Fama, the highest point in the AONB at 630 meters.
Beneath imposing mountains crossed by the Horseshoe Pass, the Dee Valley winds its way through historic Llangollen, where Wales welcomes the world at the International Eisteddfod.
Most of the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal World Heritage Site runs through the outstanding landscape of the Dee Valley in the shadow of the spectacular Eglwyseg escarpment and the picturesque hilltop ruins of Castell Dinas Bran.
Undiscovered by many, yet easy to explore, this magnificent landscape offers fascinating heritage, colourful culture, delicious fare and the warmest welcome.