Clwydian Range and Dee Valley AONB (Designation) Order
Clwydian Range and Dee Valley Area of
Outstanding Natural Beauty Designation Order 2011 confirmed by
Minister for Environment and Sustainable Development on 22nd
The dramatic ruins of Castell Dinas Bran, keep watch over the Vale of Llangollen ©Denbighshire.
Enjoying the outdoor classroom on the banks of the River Dee ©Wrexham CBC.
Rhewl Valley in beautiful Vale of Llangollen ©J.Briggs, CCW.
Llangollen, Ruskins lovely town, in its stunning setting on the River Dee ©Denbighshire.
Many centuries of tending the land have produced the beautiful landscape we see today, Vale of Llangollen, ©J.Briggs,CCW.
The stunning limestone scenery of the Eglwysegs provides a distinctive backdrop, ©C.Rothwell, CCW.
The dramatic Horseshoe Pass provides a route from the Vale into a different world of the open moorlands ©Denbighshire.
By boat or on foot, visitors enjoying the Pontcysyllte World Heritage Site ©Denbighshire.
Breathtaking views of the Vale of Llangollen can be enjoyed even on a snowy day ©Denbighshire.
The beautiful River Dee on a tranquil autumn day ©Denbighshire
In March 2011 the Countryside Council for Wales (CCW)
made the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley Area of Outstanding Natural
Beauty (Designation) Order.
The Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development
confirmed the Order on 22nd November 2011.
In doing so, land including southern parts of the Clwydian Range
together with the Vale of Llangollen and the Dee Valley were
formally designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
AONB designation seeks to manage natural beauty for the
benefit of social, economic and environmental
The Clwydian Range and Dee Valley AONB adjoins the Clwydian
Range AONB which was designated in 1985. The two Areas will be
managed as a single unit by the Denbighshire, Flintshire and
Wrexham Local Authorities in partnership with CCW and other
relevant organisations. Denbighshire County Council Countryside
Service is the lead body for the Clwydian Range AONB and is likely
to retain this lead for the newly designated Area. Denbighshire
will have responsibility for staffing structures and co-ordination
The Clwydian Range AONB currently has a statutory Management
Plan that guides and co-ordinates activity in the Area. This Plan
will be reviewed in 2014 and subsequent Plans will include the
Clwydian Range and Dee Valley AONB. In the coming months an interim
statement on the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley AONB will be
developed by the local authorities to cover activities until
The management plan is a statutory document and forms an
important part in the delivery of services by the local
authorities. AONB Management Plans are a community led strategy
implemented by a partnership of organisations and interested
parties. The plan does not dictate actions within the designated
area and does not control agriculture, business or economic
development activities but seeks to positively manage change.
Within the existing Clwydian Range AONB a Joint Advisory
Committee oversees delivery of the AONB Management Plan. The
Committee comprises local authorities, organisations representing
the interests of landowners and farmers, local business and groups
interested in landscape conservation. A new Joint Advisory
Committee will be established to cover the entire designated area
during the summer of 2012. The new Advisory Committee will agree
and guide the activities proposed in the Clwydian Range and Dee
Valley interim statement and action plan.