The Clwydian Range Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is one of only a small number of locations in Wales designated for the exceptional quality of its landscape, which is linked to its historical and cultural heritage. This quality means that the Range can play a very significant role in the overall appeal of North Wales for tourism. At the same time, tourism can provide an increasingly important source of income and prosperity for the communities living in and around the Range.
This strategy and action plan provides a framework for the development of tourism in the Clwydian Range that is based on the principles of sustainability, taking full
account of the need to conserve the area’s special environment and heritage and maintain the quality of life of local communities. It is based on a detailed
assessment of the area’s resources, needs and opportunities and has involved extensive consultation with local interests in and around the AONB.
The strategy reflects national, regional and local policies for tourism and sustainable development. In particular, it relates closely to the Rural Development Strategies for Denbighshire and for Flintshire, which place considerable emphasis on the opportunities in this area for sustainable rural tourism. The strategy builds on the
priorities and policies of the Clwydian Range AONB Management Plan and related recent initiatives, such as the Heather and Hillforts project and the Local Geodiversity
Action Plan. It also complies with the 12 principles of the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas and forms the basis for recognition of the
Clwydian Range under this charter.
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