What is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty?

The facts:

  • AONB stands for Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
  • AONBs are precious landscapes whose distinctive character and natural beauty are so outstanding that it is in the nation’s interest to safeguard them. They meet the need for quiet enjoyment of the countryside, as well as having regard for the interests of those who live and work within them.
  • Created by the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act of 1949, AONBs represent 18% of the finest countryside England and Wales has to offer.
  • There are nearly 40 AONBs in England and Wales and they are designated by virtue of their special qualities such as flora, fauna, historical and cultural associations, as well as their scenic views.
  • Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa is located within the Dedham Vale AONB, known as 'Counstable Country' due to its strong connections with John Constable. For more information visit the Dedham Vale Society website