Are an area of wilderness and tranquillity. Panoramic views lead you through coast, heath and combe. Explore and you will find rocky Jurassic coastline, exposed heathland summits, deep wooded combes, undulating farmland and attractive villages all within this protected landscape. The Quantock Hills are an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), which means that its distinctive character, natural beauty and cultural heritage are so outstanding that it is in the nation’s interest to safeguard them. The area received its protected status in 1956. This precious and ancient place with its distinct cultural heritage and village communities is hugely valued locally as a native or adopted homeland and workplace, as well as a favoured educational, recreational and even spiritual resource. These hills, which are largely privately owned, accommodate up to half a million visits a year, mainly from people who live within sight of them. Physically the Quantocks offer great diversity, reflecting the relationship between the geology, slopes, and exposure of the area and the range of past and present human activities and influences. This jigsaw of varied landscapes gives the Quantock Hills a distinctive character that includes its historic and cultural elements, scenic beauty and upland nature and the range of wildlife interest present.