About the AONB

Once you know us you won't forget us!

The Kent Downs is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty covering 878 sq. km from the White Cliffs of Dover to the Surrey Border.

The landscape is actually a huge arch of chalk that sweeps across Kent in the shape of an eyelid!

Did you know these essential Kent Downs AONB facts?

  • One of the South East’s highest points at 250 metres is the Sevenoaks Greensand ridge
  • Three main river catchments, cut through the AONB, draining in a south to north direction, the biggest being the Rivers Darent, Medway and Great Stour
  • The dramatic white chalk cliffs of Dover and Folkestone are defined as Heritage Coasts.

Getting to know the Kent Downs AONB

The map below shows the location and boundary of the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Use the controls to zoom, pan or search.


A Special Landscape

A naturally beautiful place The Kent Downs AONB is a special and enchanting place; it is a landscape of drama and intimacy. The Landscapes of...

What is an AONB?

An AONB means an Area of Outstanding National Beauty (AONB). They are are part of a family of protected areas. AONBs, National Parks and Heritage...