A special place
Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) have been renamed National Landscapes and are the nation’s finest landscapes, whose distinctive character and natural beauty are so precious that they are protected in the national interest.
There are 34 National Landscapes in England, 5 in Wales and 8 in Northern Ireland.
Cannock Chase AONB was designated in 1958 for the natural beauty of its elevated heaths, forests and historic parklands, presenting an unspoilt wilderness that contrasts with the surrounding built-up conurbations of the West Midlands.
At just 26 sq miles / 68 sq kilometres, it is the smallest mainland National Landscape in England.
Cannock Chase National Landscape is a member of the National Landscapes Association – the collective voice that supports and develops National Landscapes.