Celebrating 50 Years of the Cotswolds AONB

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the formation of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Beauty (AONB), Liz Eyre Chairman of the Cotswold Conservation Board is walking the Cotswold Way from Bath to Chipping Campden.

On Friday 26th August 2016 Liz Eyre will be walking a section from Cleeve Common to Stumps Cross, above Stanway and passing through Winchcombe. If you see some bunting and a group of walkers passing through Winchcombe around midday please say hello and wish Liz success with her walk.

In 1966 the Cotswolds was designated as an AONB and extended in 1990 as we know it today. The Cotswold AONB is the largest in England and Wales.

The Countryside Rights of Way Act, confirmed that AONBs, shared with National Parks the highest status of protection in relation to landscape and scenic beauty. An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is exactly what it says it is: an outstanding landscape whose distinctive character and natural beauty are so precious that it is in the nation’s interest to safeguard them.

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