Special Qualities

The Shropshire Hills provide a dramatic link between the Midlands and the Welsh mountains.  There is no single dominant feature or landform.  Instead it's a landscape of contrast due to the variety of geology unequalled in any area of comparable size in Britain. 

This diverse landcape has shaped the character of the Shropshire Hills as a patchwork of hills, farmland, woods and rivers.  Along with wildlife, heritage, scenic views, tranquillity, culture and opportunities for enjoyment, this is why the area was designated over sixty years ago, in 1958. 

The main purpose of AONB designation is to conserve and enhance these special qualities.  Please click on the links below for more information.

Hills & Landform

Hills & Landform

Farmed Landscape & Woodlands

Farmed Landscape & Woodlands

Rivers & River Valleys

Rivers & River Valleys

Scenic Quality & Tranquility

Scenic Quality & Tranquility