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Protected Rural Landscapes

England's nine National Parks and 37 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) cover in total 22% of England's land area. As well as being high quality landscapes, National Parks and AONBs contain some of our most important historic sites.

Castlerigg, Lake District National Park
Castlerigg, Lake District National Park

Between them the English National Parks contain:

  • A quarter of the national total of protected archaeological sites
  • Over 4,000 listed buildings and
  • More than 500 designated historic areas.

Historic England has developed a special relationship with these protected areas. We’ve had an Accord with the National Parks since 1995 and the National Association of Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty since 2004.

The Accords represent a commitment by the organisations to work in partnership in order to promote the conservation, understanding and public enjoyment of the heritage in these special areas.

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