The North Wessex Down AONB

The North Wessex Downs AONB

The North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is a unique and spectacular landscape that includes tranquil open downland, ancient woodland and chalk streams in the centre of southern England.

The parishes of Aston Tirrold and Aston Upthorpe are both within the North Wessex Downs AONB at it's most North Eastern point.

The primary purpose of AONB designation is to conserve and enhance that natural beauty. This is the responsibility of the local authorities covering the AONB.

Landscape encompasses everything – both natural and human - that makes an area special, including the places and people who live and work there.

Visit The North Wessex Downs AONB website to learn more.


The Lids on the Berkshire DownsJuniper Valley   


Explore the area of the North Wessex Downs AONB

Use this section of the interactive map to find walking, riding and cycling routes through some of the North Wessex Downs' most stunning scenery.

Click here to view the map.

Discover more about the Archaeology and History of the North Wessex Downs

'Written in the Land' is a new interactive map based resource which allows you to explore the layers in the landscape.

Find out more.

The AONB Management Plan

You can download the AONB Management plan here.

   Towards Lollingdon Hill from Lollingdon Track