Lower Slaughter, Cotswolds 2015
The Cotswolds was designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in 1966 and encompasses an area of 787 sq. miles, making it the largest AONB in the UK, and the second largest protected landscape in the UK. The Cotswolds expands across 6 counties but is largely situated in Gloucestershire. The area attracted around 23 million visitors and created £1 billion from tourism in 2003. Even with such large numbers visiting the area, 80% of the Cotswolds are made up of farmland and has only a population of around 84,000.