UPDATE, MAY 2020: Many of the attractions, pubs, shops, restaurants, hotels and cafés we love and mention below are closed at the moment. Government guidance is to avoid public transport so do not travel by train. Overnight stays are not allowed, so just add our accomodation recommendations to your travel bucket list for another time. Please be mindful of the people who live in these areas, check car parks are open before you set off and follow social distancing guidelines on your walks.
Finding green spaces in London isn’t too hard. The capital is peppered with pretty parks, flower-filled gardens and walks that can make you feel a million miles from the city. But with new government guidance stating that we’re allowed to drive out of the city to other destinations in England for walks, we’re ready to broaden our horizons.
Luckily, the UK has some grand patches of countryside to walk in. So many, in fact, that it can be tricky to decide where to go. That’s where Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty come in. These verdant areas are given special conservation laws to limit development and preserve their natural beauty. In other words they’re quiet, pretty, and perfect places to take a hike. There are 46 AONBs across Britain, and a handful of these are fairly close to London. Take a look through our list of AONBs within three hours of London and start planning your great escape.
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