Tranquillity is a special quality of the AONB's landscape; it has a positive influence on people's physical and psychological well being and contributes to the rural economy by attracting visitors and supporting tourism-based industry.

An extensive recent Purbeck-focussed research project collated almost 15,000 views on what residents, visitors and professionals consider to be factors that enhance and detract from a sense of tranquillity. Click here to read more about this project.

Tranquillity is enhanced by the presence of wide open spaces, dark star-strewn skies and natural features such as woodland, streams, rivers, lakes and the sea. Visual factors are very important; tranquillity is not just about noise.  However, the presence of wildlife and rural activity and primarily natural sounds like birdsong and cows lowing also contribute to the experience of tranquillity.

Tranquillity is threatened by the presence of built up areas and unsympathetic development. Noise and light pollution, inappropriate recreational activity and large numbers of people also detract from the experience of tranquillity.

The AONB team works alongside many organisations to protect and maintain tranquillity through monitoring known tranquil factors, raising awareness and influencing the development control process.


Output from the recent research work



Output from CPRE's national study



To learn more about tranquillity, and to view the national and  regional tranquillity mapping visit the Campaign to Protect Rural England at

In a national survey commissioned by the Campaign to Protect Rural England, respondants perceived "seeing the stars at night" as one of the top 10 factors that contributes to their sense of experiencing tranquillity when they visit the countryside.

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