Diamonds in the Landscape

Map of the UK showing the National Parks and AONBs

Welcome to our joint anniversary, celebrating 60 years of protected countryside, our Diamonds in the Landscape.

The National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act was a law passed in 1949. It established how the countryside could be protected and enjoyed by future generations.

The 1949 Act paved the way for the creation of today's family of 14 UK National Parks, 49 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs), 294 National Nature Reserves and 2,900 miles of National Trails.

So we've come together to celebrate our Diamond Jubilee, and we hope you will join us!

Find out about us and our history

Spectacular walks for you to explore!

Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty
National Trails
National Nature Reserves
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