What are AONBs?

Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty or AONBs, along with National Parks, are considered to be the most special landscapes in the country and belong to an international family of protected areas. There are 41 AONBs in England and Wales.

The purpose of the AONB designation is to conserve and enhance the natural beauty of the area. The designation gives a formal recognition to an area’s landscape importance and allows for the development of communities and economic activity. However development is only permitted in ways that enhance the landscape character of the AONB. 

For further information on AONBs click here.

Falmouth is framed by two AONBs – the Fal river area AONB and the Lizard area AONB, feel free to download maps of these two areas below: