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Areas of Natural Beauty
Blackdown Hills AONB
The website refers to the "ordinary" landscape [ordinary in quotes.] ??
Chichester Harbour AONB
The description on the website does appeal - a wild and undeveloped coastal region.
Cornwall AONB *
The fact that this AONB is 'heavily fragmented' in the words of the website means that to see all of it involves considerable travel and it won't be only inclination that ensures it's Slow Travel.
Cranb Chase&W Wiltshr Downs AONB
I've managed by abbreviations or squashing words to fit names in the available space until now but 'Cranbourne Chase and West Wiltshire Downs AONB' presented a challenge!
Dorset AONB *
There can be little doubt that this AONB that covers nearly half the total area of the county and all its highly impressive coast justifies at least a full week's holiday.
East Devon AONB
This is good Devonian sandstone coast but, at the risk of being regarded as a disloyal Devonian [by birth], I know I should want to skip over into Dorset for part of my week.
East Hampshire AONB
Going from east to west I'm running out of words. This sounds like a less interesting extension of the Sussex Downs - perhaps less given over to commuters?
High Weald AONB
I don't know this area but it does appeal more than the two further east.
Isle of Wight AONB
I'd enjoy seeing it but as far as islands go Orkney, Shetland, Islay, the Channel Isles, Lundy and the Isles of Scilly are all further up my wish list.
Isles of Scilly AONB *
The only area where I've never been to appear as a favourite but I've read and heard so much about it that I have no hesitation about the classification.
Kent Downs AONB
Not an area I know but I can't imagine it holding me for long.
Mendip Hills AONB
I feel a bit bad not giving this site as a favourite because I do like the Mendips very much.
North Devon AONB *
Any Slow Traveller could find enough for a week here but this AONB is sandwiched between two exceptionally fine areas, Exmoor National Park and Cornwall AONB, both of which might call her/him away for some of the days.
North Wessex AONB
I do like this area of chalk hills and white horses carved on hillsides. Moreover if Avebury weren't included in this AONB, I should have classed it as a must-see in its own right.
Quantock Hills AONB
I don't really know the Quantocks and I have heard well of them - but I can't imagine being that near Exmoor and not feeling drawn to it.
South Devon AONB *
Like the North Devon AONB, this site would easily justify a week on its own but a fortnight split between it and Dartmoor would be far better.
Surrey Hills AONB
Sorry - I'm sure it could be simple prejudice but I can't work up enthusiasm to visit Surrey.
Sussex Downs AONB
I hear moderate praise for this region, usually followed by a BUT. Apparently once peaceful rolling hills of considerable beauty are increasingly becoming commuter country.
Tamar Valley AONB
An interesting area with plenty to see but with Dartmoor and Cornwall AONB so close, I can't see it holding you down for a week.
It can't need me to point out that this is a special!
If you 'read more' you can take the guided tour but Exeter has far more than the cathedral, fabulous as that is. Find yourself a more general guide as well.
Salisbury Cathedral (SV)
The spire of this cathedral is one of England's famous sights.
Like St Davids in Wales, this is a city and not much more than a village at the same time - but the cathedral is really stunning.
With its Roman remains, its beautiful abbey and Georgian architecture, it's one of England's most visited cities.
The number of London commuters living here is always on the increase but Brighton is far away more than a commuter shelter.
One of the most attractive of the UK's big cities.
Few even of its residents would have the temerity to claim that they really know this city with so much to see - but London does not equal England nor is it a good base for all England's attractions.
An interesting city with proud naval traditions.
Exmoor NP *
This is unique on my two Google maps of National Parks and AONBs marked as a favourite but without a separate Google map.
New Forest NP
One of our smaller National Parks and one that I hardly know.
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