What are the seven wonders of the Cotswolds?

The Cotswolds, designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty 45 years ago, is home to a vast number of distinctive and unique features that make this one of the most beautiful landscapes in England, loved by millions at home and abroad.

With such a rich source of natural, geological, historical and cultural attractions throughout the AONB, the Cotswolds Conservation Board is looking for help in compiling a ‘Seven Wonders of the Cotswolds’ list. These will then be used to create a brand new series of ‘wonder walks’ to help more people access and enjoy the best places in the Cotswolds landscape.

The list could include historical, geological, natural, cultural, built or landscape features that encapsulate why the Cotswolds is such a special and distinctive place.

Nicola Greaves, Information & Interpretation Officer at the Conservation Board said: “The Cotswolds AONB has such a vast range of wonderful places and features that we wanted to include the general public in helping us to come up with a definitive list. We will then be able to use the final seven wonders list to help increase appreciation of the AONB as well as enjoyment of the Cotswolds through the creation of seven Wonder Walks.”

To nominate your own suggestions for inclusion in the Seven Wonders of the Cotswolds, simply email them to info@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk, or send via twitter @cotswoldsaonb or facebook.com/cotswoldsaonb by 31 January 2012. The full list will be announced in March 2012 and will then go to a public vote to determine the final seven. All nominations will also go in to a prize draw to win a Cotswolds T shirt and an eco-bag.


Notes to editors:

  • The Cotswolds was designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in 1966 in recognition of its rich, diverse and high quality landscape.
  • Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), 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 38 AONBs in England and Wales, and a further eight in Northern Ireland. For further details, visit: www.aonb.org.uk
  • The Cotswolds AONB is looked after by the Cotswolds Conservation Board – an independent organisation established in 2004 which has 37 members - 15 nominated by local authorities, 8 by parish councils and 14 appointed by the Secretary of State.
  • The Cotswolds is the second largest protected landscape in England after the Lake District National Park and represents 10% of the total AONB area in the UK. It covers 2,038 square kilometres (790 square miles), stretching from Warwickshire and Worcestershire in the north, through Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire, down to Bath and Wiltshire in the south.