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Occupying a rectangular chunk of North Yorkshire, the Howardian Hills AONB contains an astonishingly high concentration of historic country homes
Cranborne Chase and West Wiltshire Downs AONB is very rural and refreshingly uncrowded. Its rich cultural and historical heritage has long been a draw to archaeologists
The bleak tale of a Norfolk village that’s slowly falling into the sea
The largest area of outstanding natural beauty in Britain, the Cotswolds is a quintessential slice of rural southern England spread across several counties

The raver’s Brigadoon

In this month’s Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)’s Discovering Britain walk, Tom Hart investigates Scotland’s holy modern ruin
An area of outstanding natural beauty where the striking hills have been hewn from some of England’s hardest and oldest rocks
Nestled between Strangford Lough and the Mourne Mountains, the fertile soils of the Lecale peninsula have drawn successive cultures to it, while its coastal fringes are a magnet for wildlife
After remaining stable for several years, visits to England’s green spaces have increased to their highest level in five years
A strip of coastline that encompasses five river valleys, sandy beaches and winding country lanes, South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has long been a stronghold of maritime heritage

Bracing for the floods

Twelve months on from the 2013–14 winter storms and flooding, the government selects more than 1,400 flood defence projects to get a share of £2.3billion funding for investment

Judged by our acts

This month, the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)’s Discovering Britain walk takes Tom Hart to Yorkshire’s own heart of darkness
Stretching out from the centre of Belfast along the River Lagan, the Lagan Valley straddles the divide between the big city and the surrounding countryside
Wrapped around the northwestern edge of County Londonderry, Binevenagh encompasses a dramatic and varied coastal landscape that forms the backdrop to one of the world’s most beautiful train journeys, according to one writer
Coastal researchers are undertaking innovative analysis into the impact of waves on the UK shoreline, to draw-up a specialised approach to future sea defences
Stretching along the Northern Ireland coast from Ballycastle to Larne, this area of deep valleys and spectacular cliffs shares a rich cultural legacy with nearby Scotland. It’s also home to the odd bird or two

A growing community

For this month’s Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) Discovering Britain walk, Olivia Edward discovers how a committed set of agriculturalists has breathed new life into a neglected part of Nottingham’s inner city
Marc Grainger visits Dorset, where the wildlife-rich lowland heath is just a stone’s throw away from one of the world’s most geologically important coastlines

Flat land

This month, the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)’s Discovering Britain walk takes Olivia Edward through rural Essex to the Thames estuary, where she’s delighted by a fascinating ‘land of horizontals’

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