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England


Devon
Axmouth to Lyme Regis
Axmouth to Lyme Regis - lengthy cliffs, remote beaches and extensive landslips along 7 miles of the Jurassic Coast, extending into Dorset

Rating: ★★★
Beer Head
Beer Head - sheer cliffs, sea caves, scenic beaches and an ancient landslide area, along the Jurassic Coast. Also many summer wildflowers

Rating: ★★★
Berry Pomeroy Castle
Berry Pomeroy Castle - ruins of a four storey Tudor mansion and adjacent north range, within the walls of an older castle, in a secluded, wooded setting

Rating: ★★
Burgh Island
Burgh Island - tidal island opposite a wide sandy beach, lined by cliffs and eroded rock formations

Rating: ★★
Cornworthy Priory
Cornworthy Priory - ruined but mostly complete gatehouse from a minor 14th century nunnery, abandoned in 1536

Rating: ★★
Dartmouth Castle
Dartmouth Castle - artillery fort with a spectacular location on a rocky outcrop at the entrance to Dartmouth Harbour

Rating: ★★
Exeter Cathedral
Exeter Cathedral - beautiful building with many medieval features, including stained glass, ancient tombs and extensive vaulting

Rating: ★★★
Haytor Rocks and Hound Tor
Haytor Rocks and Hound Tor - granite outcrops in Dartmoor National Park, plus a ruined medieval village, an unusual stone tramway and several old quarries

Rating: ★★★
Lydford Castle
Lydford Castle - square tower from the 13th century, mostly used as a prison, plus some lesser remains

Rating: ★★
Lydford Gorge
Lydford Gorge - deep, wooded ravine along the River Lyd at the west edge of Dartmoor National Park, with several sections of dark narrows and a 90 foot waterfall

Rating: ★★★
Okehampton Castle
Okehampton Castle - substantial remains of the largest castle in the county, scenically situated on a rocky ridge in the wooded valley of the Okemont River

Rating: ★★★
Sidmouth to Ladram Bay
Sidmouth to Ladram Bay - red sandstone cliffs, isolated beaches and large sea stacks; part of the Jurassic Coast

Rating: ★★★
Totnes Castle
Totnes Castle - Small but well preserved Norman motte and bailey castle, centred on a circular keep

Rating: ★★
Valley of Rocks to Woody Bay
Valley of Rocks to Woody Bay - rock formations, isolated beaches, steep cliffs and coastal woodland, west of Lynton

Rating: ★★★

Dorset
Corfe Castle
Corfe Castle - large, ruined castle with a spectacular location on top of a steep-sided hill; construction started in the 11th century

Rating: ★★★
Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove
Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove - sea arch and a circular cove, part of a varied section of the coast that also has headlands, sandy beaches, chalk cliffs and other eroded formations

Rating: ★★★

Gloucestershire
Berkeley Castle
Berkeley Castle - the third oldest continuously occupied castle in England, held by the Berkeley family since 1154. The keep and part of the curtain walls are from the 12th century, while most of the remainder is 14th century

Rating: ★★★
Church of St John Baptist
Church of St John Baptist, Cirencester - large parish church, some parts dating from the 12th century. Impressive perpendicular Gothic architecture, and several ornate chapels

Rating: ★★
Deerhurst Priory
Deerhurst Priory - small parish church, some parts dating from the early 9th century, possibly older; ontains many original Saxon features

Rating: ★★
Gloucester Cathedral
Gloucester Cathedral - imposing, city centre Norman cathedral with many fine architectural features. Contains the tomb of Edward II

Rating: ★★★
Lower Woods
Lower Woods - one of the largest areas of ancient woodland in south England; a group of over 20 small, adjoining woods, separated by broad, grassy tracks

Rating: ★★
St James' Church
St James' Church - ruins of a small church in the Wye Valley, the only remnant from the medieval village of Lancaut

Rating: ★★
Tewkesbury Abbey
Tewkesbury Abbey - the second largest parish church in the country, noted for its Gothic architecture, intricate vaulting, tall tower, medieval stained glass, and ancient monuments

Rating: ★★★

Hampshire
Netley Abbey
Netley Abbey - large, well preserved, 13th century monastery near Southampton Water, later converted to a Tudor mansion

Rating: ★★★
Portchester Castle
Portchester Castle - historic castle right on the coast of Portsmouth Harbour, enclosed by the full-height walls of a 3rd century Roman fort

Rating: ★★★

Herefordshire
Dore Abbey
Dore Abbey - a parish church with medieval, cathedral-like architecture, occupying part of an ancient monastery

Rating: ★★
Goodrich Castle
Goodrich Castle - secluded, well preserved Norman castle with a rural location overlooking the River Wye, built on a block of reddish sandstone

Rating: ★★★
Longtown Castle
Longtown Castle - circular keep above substantial bailey walls, on a hill near the River Monnow, facing the east side of the Black Mountains

Rating: ★★

Somerset
Bath Abbey
Bath Abbey - fine parish church renowned for its perpendicular Gothic architecture, on the site of an ancient monastery

Rating: ★★
Brean Down
Brean Down - high limestone peninsula along the north Somerset coast, lined by cliffs; site of a 19th century fort and several more ancient relics

Rating: ★★
Burrow Mump
Burrow Mump - Isolated, conical hill rising 70 feet above the flat, marshy farmland of the Somerset Levels, topped by a ruined church

Rating: ★★
Cheddar Gorge
Cheddar Gorge - famous limestone ravine at the south edge of the Mendip Hills, containing several caves, and viewable via a 3 mile loop trail

Rating: ★★★
Cleeve Abbey
Cleeve Abbey - Cistercian monastery with many original, well preserved buildings, mostly from the 13th century, plus the foundations of the abbey church

Rating: ★★
Farleigh Hungerford Castle
Farleigh Hungerford Castle - ruins of a quadrangular castle with outer court, plus a chapel containing tombs and wall paintings, and a crypt holding eight lead coffins

Rating: ★★
Glastonbury Abbey
Glastonbury Abbey - imposing and evocative ruins of a famous and wealthy monastery, established in the 7th century

Rating: ★★★
Lilstock to St Audrie's Bay
Lilstock to St Audrie's Bay - four mile stretch of the coast, including Kilve Pill and Quantock's Head, with layered cliffs above extensive, wave-cut terraces

Rating: ★★
Minehead to Hurlstone Point
Minehead to Hurlstone Point - cliffs and pebble beaches along a spectacular, little-visited, five mile section of the north Somerset coast

Rating: ★★★
Nunney Castle
Nunney Castle - small but well-built and picturesque 14th century castle, surrounded by a moat and overlooking a stream, in the centre of a quiet country village

Rating: ★★
Porlock Weir to Glenthorne Beach
Porlock Weir to Glenthorne Beach - five miles of the Somerset coast; rarely-seen beaches and eroded sandstone formations below steep cliffs and extensive ancient woodland

Rating: ★★★
Portishead Coast
Portishead Coast - Low cliffs, eroded rocks, pebble beaches and a lighthouse, along the Bristol Channel coastline south of Portishead

Rating: ★★
Sand Point and Middle Hope
Sand Point and Middle Hope - narrow promontory and elevated headland overlooking the Bristol Channel, lined by stony beaches and eroded rock formations

Rating: ★★
Stanton Drew Stone Circles
Stanton Drew Stone Circles - three prehistoric stone circles, the largest 370 feet in diameter, and a separate group of three stones known as the Cove

Rating: ★★
Wells Cathedral
Wells Cathedral - one of England's most beautiful cathedrals; built in a Gothic style, mostly during the 13th century

Rating: ★★★

Wiltshire
Bradford-on-Avon Tithe Barn
Bradford-on-Avon Tithe Barn - 14th century barn with buttressed stone walls and an intricately constructed timber roof

Rating: ★★
Ludgershall Castle
Ludgershall Castle - tower remains and low wall remnants from a small, 12th century castle frequented by Henry III

Rating: ★★
Malmesbury Abbey
Malmesbury Abbey - parish church occupying part of an older, much larger building, the remainder of which was destroyed in the 1500s

Rating: ★★
Old Sarum
Old Sarum - remains of an Iron Age fort, a Norman castle and an abbey; the original settlement of Salisbury

Rating: ★★
Stonehenge
Stonehenge - A World Heritage Site and Britain's most famous prehistoric monument, on undulating, grassy land of the Salisbury Plain

Rating: ★★★
Avebury World Heritage Site
Avebury World Heritage Site - ancient monuments including a burial chamber, the highest artificial hill in Europe, a stone avenue, and the world's largest stone circle

Rating: ★★★

Worcestershire
Leigh Court Barn
Leigh Court Barn - huge, 14th century cruck-framed barn, the largest building of this type in the country, and one of the oldest

Rating: ★★
Witley Court
Witley Court - evocative ruins of an extravagant 17th century country house, destroyed by fire in 1937. Surrounded by extensive landscaped gardens

Rating: ★★
Worcester Cathedral
Worcester Cathedral - typically grand and ornate cathedral, built partly in the perpendicular Gothic style. Contains the tomb of King John

Rating: ★★★

Wales


Bridgend
Candleston Castle
Candleston Castle - ivy-clad remains of a 14th century fortified mansion, on a wooded promontory close to the coast and the dunes of Merthyr Mawr

Rating: ★★
Coity Castle
Coity Castle - substantial ruins of a Norman castle, with later additions; an inner bailey enclosed by tall walls, adjoining a larger outer bailey

Rating: ★★
Merthyr Mawr National Nature Reserve
Merthyr Mawr National Nature Reserve - coastal sand dunes near the River Ogmore; grassy near the sea, more overgrown further inland. Home to many wildflower species

Rating: ★★

Caerphilly
Caerphilly Castle
Caerphilly Castle - the largest Welsh castle; three concentric fortifications, surrounded by lakes and moats, centred on the inner ward with its great hall

Rating: ★★★


Merthyr Tydfil
Morlais Castle
Morlais Castle - 13th century castle on an isolated limestone hill; mostly just earthworks and overgrown stones, plus a deep cistern and a vaulted basement

Rating: ★★
Taf Fechan Gorge
Taf Fechan Gorge - pretty, tree-lined valley between Merthyr Tydfil and Pontsarn, containing a river that forms pools, cascades and some narrow, sheer-walled sections

Rating: ★★


Monmouthshire
Caerwent Roman Town
Caerwent Roman Town - relics from the Roman settlement of Venta Silurum, including a temple, forum, basilica, houses, and city walls up to 17 feet high

Rating: ★★
Caldicot Castle
Caldicot Castle - large Norman fortification, once a ruin but mostly restored in the 19th century, in a parkland setting

Rating: ★★
Chepstow Castle
Chepstow Castle - large, well preserved and historically important Norman castle with a beautiful location overlooking the River Wye

Rating: ★★★
Clydach Gorge
Clydach Gorge - wooded valley containing a powerful river that forms several waterfalls and enclosed sections; also caves, old railway lines and industrial sites

Rating: ★★
Grosmont Castle
Grosmont Castle - compact, peaceful and picturesque castle near the River Monnow, surrounded by a dry moat

Rating: ★★
Llanthony Priory
Llanthony Priory - ruined Augustinian priory in a remote location within the Black Mountains; dark, aged masonry and soaring Gothic arches

Rating: ★★★
Monmouth Castle
Monmouth Castle - small castle in the city centre, birthplace of Henry V; now consists only of a great hall and a great tower

Rating: ★★
Skenfrith Castle
Skenfrith Castle - remains of a small 13th century castle, in rural surroundings overlooking the River Monnow: a circular keep, five towers and a curtain wall

Rating: ★★
Skirrid Fawr
Skirrid Fawr - eastern outlier of the Brecon Beacons, circled by a 4 mile trail; overlooks a large area of south Wales

Rating: ★★
Raglan Castle
Raglan Castle - spectacular, late medieval castle in the Wye Valley, complete with water-filled moat. Largely abandoned since the civil war

Rating: ★★★
Usk Castle
Usk Castle - ruins of a relatively small, privately-owned castle with pretty, wooded surroundings. The oldest sections are from the 12th century

Rating: ★★
Tintern Abbey
Tintern Abbey - substantial, beautiful ruined abbey on the floor of the Wye Valley, beneath steep, forested slopes; established in the 12th century

Rating: ★★★
White Castle
White Castle - Norman castle with a large, walled outer court and a moated inner court, in a remote, rural setting

Rating: ★★

Neath Port Talbot
Margam Abbey
Margam Abbey - parish church occupying the nave of an ancient abbey, beside monastic remains including a 12-sided chapter house

Rating: ★★
Neath Abbey
Neath Abbey - substantial remains of a major Cistercian monastery including a huge church, and a 16th century mansion

Rating: ★★★


Newport
Caerleon Roman Fortress
Caerleon Roman Fortress - relics from a first century Roman fortress, including a bath house, barracks, a section of wall, and a large amphitheatre

Rating: ★★


Powys
Afon Nedd Fechan
Afon Nedd Fechan - major river flowing through a deep, wooded valley, over three large waterfalls and several lesser cascades; explored by the Elidir Trail

Rating: ★★
Afon Pyrddin
Afon Pyrddin - cascades and two major waterfalls along a tributary of the Afon Nedd Fechan, flowing partly through a deep, wooded gorge

Rating: ★★★
Black Mountain Fans
Black Mountain Fans - summits along a dramatic ridge above two isolated lakes, on the west side of Brecon Beacons National Park

Rating: ★★★
Caerfanell Waterfalls
Caerfanell Waterfalls - up to 20 waterfalls in wooded gorges along the upper section of the Caerfanell River, and its tributary Nant Bwrefwr

Rating: ★★★
Crickhowell Castle
Crickhowell Castle - fragmented but attractive remains of a minor Norman castle, beside the River Usk: a wooded motte and parts of three towers

Rating: ★★
Four Waterfalls Walk
Four Waterfalls Walk - four varied falls along the Mellte and Hepste rivers near Ystradfellte in the Brecon Beacons, set in deep, wooded valleys

Rating: ★★★
Llangattock Escarpment
Llangattock Escarpment - limestone cliffs below the rim of a grassy, boggy plateau with a wind-swept lake; site of several cave entrances, and 18th century quarries

Rating: ★★
Pen y Fan and Fan y Big Horseshoe Walk
Pen y Fan and Fan y Big Horseshoe Walk - loop hike to four summits in the Brecon Beacons, including the two highest points (Corn Du and Pen y Fan)

Rating: ★★★
Table Mountain, Pen Cerrig-calch and Pen Allt-mawr
Table Mountain, Pen Cerrig-calch and Pen Allt-mawr - summits in the Black Mountains, Brecon Beacons National Park, reached by a 9 mile loop hike

Rating: ★★
Tretower Castle and Court
Tretower Castle and Court - ruined castle beside a complete, unrestored, 14th century manor house; within Brecon Beacons National Park

Rating: ★★
Waun Fach, Grwyne Fawr and Nant Bwch
Waun Fach, Grwyne Fawr and Nant Bwch - loop hike along ridges and valleys to several peaks in the Black Mountains, Brecon Beacons National Park

Rating: ★★

Rhondda Cynon Taf
Sychryd Gorge
Sychryd Gorge - short gorge along the River Sychryd, containing several impressive waterfalls and some old mine relics

Rating: ★★

Swansea
Three Cliffs Bay
Three Cliffs Bay - large, sandy inlet on the Gower Peninsula, bordered by dramatic cliffs, centred on a narrow promontory and crossed by a stream

Rating: ★★

Vale of Glamorgan
Dunraven Bay
Dunraven Bay - cliffs, beaches and eroded rock formations along the Glamorgan Heritage Coast near Southerndown, plus gardens, a ruined mansion and a waterfall

Rating: ★★★
Ewenny Priory
Ewenny Priory - parish church occupying part of a 12th century abbey, with a partly ruined fortified exterior

Rating: ★★
Ogmore Castle
Ogmore Castle - small but pretty castle remains in a peaceful, rural location beside the River Ewenny

Rating: ★★
Nash Point to Stout Bay
Nash Point to Stout Bay - four-mile section of the Glamorgan Heritage Coast, with layered, vertical cliffs of blue lias above extensive wave-cut terraces

Rating: ★★★
Ogmore-by-Sea
Ogmore-by-Sea - wide sandy beach giving way to sheer limestone cliffs with caves, terraces and other eroded formations

Rating: ★★
Old Beaupre Castle
Old Beaupre Castle - ruins of a large medieval mansion near the River Thaw; nearly complete, with fine carving and masonry

Rating: ★★
St Quintin's Castle
St Quintin's Castle - twin-towered gatehouse, curtain wall remnants and tower foundations, mostly built in the early 14th century

Rating: ★★
Sully Island to Lavernock Point
Sully Island to Lavernock Point - headland, layered cliffs, level terraces, sand and pebble beaches, and an undeveloped tidal island

Rating: ★★