Welcome to the North Wessex Downs
Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The North Wessex Downs is a unique and spectacular landscape that includes tranquil open downland, ancient woodland and chalk streams in the centre of southern England.
Explore this nationally important protected landscape including how it is managed.
Where are we?
The North Wessex Downs AONB is located in the south of England, in an area covering 668 sq miles between Reading and Swindon to the East and North, and Andover and Devizes to the South and West.
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What do we do?
An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is exactly what it says it is: a precious landscape whose distinctive character and natural beauty are so outstanding that it is in the nation's interest to safeguard them.
The primary purpose of AONB designation is to conserve and enhance that natural beauty.