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Welcome to the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Home to some of the most enchanting landscapes of southern Britain and the North Downs Way National Trail

Respect, Protect, Enjoy

We’ve set out some simple steps to help you Respect, Protect and Enjoy nature in the Kent Downs

Lonely Planet Best in Travel 2022

We are absolutely delighted that Kent’s Heritage Coast in the Kent Downs AONB has been ranked #4 best region to travel to in the world in 2022 by Lonely Planet!

Kent is the only UK destination to feature and Kent's Heritage Coast was selected for its unique experiences, ‘wow’ factor and its ongoing commitment to sustainable tourism practices, including our EXPERIENCE project and our ambition for UNESCO designation.

Introducing the new grant programme: Farming in Protected Landscapes

The Defra-funded programme will support farmers and land managers to carry out projects that support nature recovery, mitigate the impacts of climate change, provide opportunities for people to discover, enjoy and understand the landscape and cultural heritage, or support nature-friendly, sustainable farm businesses.

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Find out more about how we help conserve, enhance and manage this special landscape.

White Cliffs

Simple steps to help you Respect, Protect and Enjoy the Kent Downs AONB.


Biodiversity-rich habitats, dramatic views, historic and cultural heritage, ancient woodlands and a lot more.

What is an AONB?

An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is a designated exceptional landscape whose distinctive character and natural beauty are precious enough to be safeguarded in the national interest. On par with National Parks, AONBs are protected and enhanced for nature, people, business and culture. No other country in the world has Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty – it is a uniquely British designation that belongs to a worldwide Protected Landscape Family.

The Kent Downs AONB offers dramatic views, vibrant communities, a rich historic and cultural heritage and diverse wildlife and habitats making it a worthy landscape for national protection. It is the eighth largest AONB and, along with the High Weald AONB, covers 33% of Kent’s land area providing a wealth of opportunities for everyone to explore, enjoy and benefit from this outstanding landscape.