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England: Berkshire, Bristol, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Herefordshire, Oxfordshire, Somerset, Wiltshire, Worcestershire

Wales: Bridgend, Caerphilly, Merthyr Tydfil, Monmouthshire, Neath Port Talbot, Newport, Powys, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Swansea, Torfaen, Vale of Glamorgan

Historic sites      Landscapes

England

Berkshire

★★★★★ Donnington Castle - twin-towered gatehouse and low curtain walls from a 13th century fortified manor house

Bristol

★★★★ Avon Gorge - spectacular limestone gorge along the River Avon, harbouring many plant species
★★★★★ Bristol Cathedral - former abbey, partly 12th century, which became a cathedral in 1542
★★★★★ St Mary Redcliffe - large and beautiful parish church near the River Avon

Devon

★★★★ Axmouth to Lyme Regis - lengthy cliffs, remote beaches and extensive landslips along 7 miles of the Jurassic Coast
★★★★ Beer Head - sheer cliffs, sea caves and scenic beaches along the Jurassic Coast
★★★★★ Berry Pomeroy Castle - ruins of a Tudor mansion within the walls of an older castle, in a secluded, wooded setting
★★★★★ Burgh Island - tidal, cliff-lined island opposite a popular beach
★★★★ Cornworthy Priory - gatehouse from a medieval monastery
★★★★★ Dartmouth Castle - coastal artillery fort with a spectacular location, begun in the 14th century
★★★★★ Exeter Cathedral - beautiful building with many medieval features, including stained glass and extensive vaulting
★★★★★ Glenthorne Beach to Foreland Point - spectacular section of the north coast; dense woodand sloping steeply down to remote beaches and eroded rock formations
★★★★ Haytor Rocks and Hound Tor - granite outcrops in Dartmoor National Park, plus old quarries and a ruined village
★★★★★ Lydford Castle - square tower from the 13th century, mostly used as a prison, plus some lesser remains
★★★★★ Lydford Gorge - deep, wooded ravine with waterfalls and dark narrows
★★★★ Okehampton Castle - substantial ruins of the largest castle in the county, in a wooded valley
★★★★ Ottery St Mary - grand church from the 14th century
★★★★ The Rough Nature Reserve - sloping, sometimes boggy grassland with varied wildflowers
★★★★★ Sidmouth to Ladram Bay - isolated red cliffs and sea stacks; along the Jurassic Coast
★★★★★ Totnes Castle - small but well preserved motte and bailey castle, centred on a circular keep
★★★★★ Valley of Rocks to Woody Bay - rock formations, isolated beaches, steep cliffs and coastal woodland

Dorset

★★★★★ Abbotsbury Abbey - relics from a once large monastery near the coast, including a picturesque chapel
★★★★★ Cerne Abbey - limited remains of a Benedictine monastery
★★★★★ Christchurch Castle - small but photogenic ruins of a Norman keep and house
★★★★ Christchurch Priory - the longest parish church in England, and one of the finest, built in the 12th century
★★★★★ Corfe Castle - large, ruined castle with a spectacular location on top of a steep-sided hill; construction started in the 11th century
★★★★★ Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove - a sea arch and a circular bay, separated by sandy beaches and chalk cliffs
★★★★★ Fontmell Down - chalk downland nature reserve
★★★★ Lyme Regis to Seatown - five miles of the Jurassic coast, including Charmouth, Stonebarrow Hill and Golden Cap
★★★★★ Portland Castle - well preserved coastal fort overlooking Portland Harbour
★★★★★ Rufus Castle - minor ruins on a cliff edge, overlooking the coast
★★★★★ Sandsfoot Castle - attractive ruins of a shoreline fort, built by Henry VIII
★★★★ Shaftesbury Abbey - foundations of the church of an ancient monastery
★★★★★ Sherborne Abbey - ancient parish church with spectacular medieval architecture
★★★★ Sherborne Old Castle - atmospheric ruins of a 12th century fortification
★★★★★ Wimborne Minster - fine Norman church, formerly part of a monastery

Gloucestershire


★★★★ Ban-y-Gor Woods - ancient woodland beside the River Wye
★★★★ Barrow Wake - steep-sided hill along the west edge of the Cotswolds
★★★★ Berkeley Castle - intact Norman castle surrounded by fine gardens, occupied by the Berkeley family since 1154
★★★★★ Church of St John Baptist, Cirencester - one of the largest parish churches in the country, partly 12th century
★★★★★ Coaley Peak - high point along the west edge of the Cotswolds, with views across the Severn valley
★★★★★ Crickley Hill - prominent limestone hill at the edge of the Cotswolds; good for wildflowers
★★★★★ Daneway Banks - nature reserve with a particularly varied plant selection
★★★★★ Deerhurst Priory - small Saxon church with many original features; some parts are from the early 9th century
★★★★ Edgehills Bog - boggy enclosure in the Forest of Dean
★★★★★ Gloucester Cathedral - imposing, city centre Norman cathedral
★★★★★ Greyfriars, Gloucester - walls, windows and arches from the church of a medieval friary
★★★★ Hailes Abbey - limited but atmospheric and picturesque ruins of a Cistercian monastery
★★★★ Kilkenny Nature Reserve - calcareous grassland in the Cotswolds
★★★★★ Kingswood Abbey Gatehouse - the only remnant of a medieval monastery
★★★★ Laymoor Quag Nature Reserve - boggy heath in the Forest of Dean, crossed by old railway lines
★★★★★ Lancaut Nature Reserve - steeply-sloping woodland in the Wye valley
★★★★ Lippets Grove Nature Reserve - ancient woodland above the River Wye, beside Offa's Dyke
★★★★★ Lower Woods - one of the largest ancient woodlands in south England
★★★★★ Midger Wood - dense woodland around a pretty stream
★★★★ Old London Road Nature Reserve - small enclosure containing a very rare species of wildflower
★★★★ The Park and Poor's Allotment - acidic heathland near the River Wye; a nature reserve
★★★★★ Pasqueflower Nature Reserve - rare wildflowers in a peaceful, grassy valley in the Cotswolds
★★★★★ St Briavels Castle - partly ruined, 12th century castle overlooking the Wye valley, used as a youth hostel
★★★★★ St James' Church - ruins of a small church in the Wye Valley, the only remnant from the medieval village of Lancaut
★★★★★ Sapperton Valley - wooded valley, wet meadows and a disused canal
★★★★ Stenders Quarry - abandoned limestone quarry, colonised by a good variety of plant species
★★★★ Strawberry Banks Nature Reserve - grassland above a small valley, sloping down to a stream
★★★★★ Swift's Hill - hillside nature reserve; a noted orchid location
★★★★★ Tewkesbury Abbey - large Norman church, famous for its well-preserved Gothic architecture
★★★★★ Wigpool Nature Reserve - ponds, marsh and acidic heath, in the middle of a conifer plantation

Hampshire

★★★★★ Netley Abbey - large, well preserved, 13th century monastery, later converted to a Tudor mansion
★★★★★ Odiham Castle - minor but photogenic castle ruins in a rural, riverside location
★★★★ Portchester Castle - historic castle right on the coast, centred on a tall keep, within the walls of a Roman fort
★★★★★ Silchester - Roman townsite, enclosed by walls up to 15 feet tall

Herefordshire


★★★★★ Dore Abbey - atmospheric, cathedral-like church occupying part of an ancient monastery
★★★★★ Edvin Loach Old Church - small ruined church, on the site of a Norman castle
★★★★ Goodrich Castle - secluded castle with a rural location overlooking the River Wye
★★★★★ Hereford Cathedral - beautiful building from the late 11th century, mostly in the decorated Gothic style
★★★★ Kilpeck Castle - minor but picturesque ruin on a large motte
★★★★★ Kilpeck Church - Norman building with many fine stone carvings
★★★★★ Longtown Castle - bailey walls and an elevated keep, in a countryside location near the Welsh border
★★★★★ Madley Church - 13th century church with medieval stained glass and ancient wall paintings
★★★★ Wigmore Castle - extensive, overgrown ruins, on several levels

Oxfordshire


★★★★ Tuckmill Meadow - small nature reserve; grassland, trees and marsh

Somerset


★★★★★ Bath Abbey - late medieval church at the centre of the city; beautiful perpendicular Gothic architecture
★★★★ Bishop's Palace - moated, castle-like residence of the bishops of Bath and Wells
★★★★★ Brean Down - narrow limestone peninsula along the north Somerset coast, site of an old fort
★★★★ Bubwith Acres - nature reserve in Mendip Hills, mostly grassland
★★★★★ Burrow Mump - isolated, conical hill topped by the ruins of an 18th century church
★★★★★ Cheddar Complex - three adjacent, contrasting nature reserves across the upper reaches of Cheddar Gorge
★★★★ Cheddar Gorge - famous limestone ravine at the south edge of the Mendip Hills
★★★★ Cleeve Abbey - well preserved buildings from a 13th century monastery, plus foundations of the church
★★★★★ Crook Peak - rocky hill with excellent views; the most distinctive summit in the Mendips
★★★★★ Draycott Sleights - nature reserve at the edge of the Mendip Hills
★★★★★ Ebbor Gorge - wooded limestone ravine in the Mendip Hills
★★★★★ Farleigh Hungerford Castle - intriguing castle remains that include an intact chapel
★★★★★ Glastonbury Abbey - imposing and evocative ruins of a famous monastery, established in the 7th century
★★★★★ Glastonbury Tor - famous limestone hill topped by the ruined tower of a 14th century church
★★★★ Hellenge Hill - calcareous grassland nature reserve on a western outlier of the Mendip Hills
★★★★ Hollow Marsh Meadow - isolated nature reserve; stream, woods and two fields
★★★★★ Leigh Woods - ancient woodland on the west side of the Avon Gorge
★★★★★ Lilstock to St Audrie's Bay - blue lias cliffs and wave-cut terraces
★★★★★ Meare Fish House - intact fishery building from a medieval monastery, in a rural setting on the Somerset Levels
★★★★★ Minehead to Hurlstone Point - cliffs and pebble beaches along a little-visited, four mile section of the coast
★★★★★ Muchelney Abbey - relics from an ancient Benedictine monastery
★★★★★ Nunney Castle - small but well-built and picturesque 14th century castle, surrounded by a moat
★★★★★ Porlock Weir to Glenthorne Beach - remote coastline with rarely seen beaches below steep, wooded cliffs
★★★★ Portishead Coast - low cliffs and pebble beaches along the coastline south of Portishead
★★★★ Purn Hill - small nature reserve, part of the western Mendip Hills
★★★★★ Sand Point and Middle Hope - promontory and headland overlooking the Bristol Channel
★★★★★ Stanton Drew Stone Circles - four groups of ancient stones
★★★★★ Stephen's Vale - woodland nature reserve centred on a stream and waterfall
★★★★ Tor Hole Fields - nature reserve of sloping grassland, in the Mendips
★★★★ Ubley Warren - small nature reserve on the Mendip Hills, a former lead mining site
★★★★★ Walborough and Uphill Hill - adjacent nature reserves near Weston-super-Mare
★★★★★ Walton Common - secluded nature reserve on a ridge overlooking Gordano Valley and the coast
★★★★★ Wells Cathedral - one of England's most beautiful cathedrals
★★★★★ Worlebury and Birnbeck Island - rocky, cliff-lined beach and a tidal island, near Weston-super-Mare
★★★★ Yarley Fields - nature reserve on the Somerset Levels

Wiltshire


★★★★★ Avebury World Heritage Site - collection of prehistoric monuments including a burial chamber, an artificial hill, a stone avenue, and the world's largest stone circle
★★★★ Bradford-on-Avon Tithe Barn - perfectly preserved 14th century barn, with an intricately constructed timber roof
★★★★Chisbury Chapel - small 13th century church, later used as a barn but retaining some original features
★★★★ Coombe Bissett Down - chalk downland nature reserve
★★★★ Dunscombe Bottom - small nature reserve, a strip of chalk grassland alongside a shallow valley
★★★★★ Lower Moor Farm - gateway to four linked nature reserves, with lakes, woodland, pasture and wildflower meadows
★★★★★ Ludgershall Castle - tower remains and low wall remnants, from a 12th century castle
★★★★★ Malmesbury Abbey - parish church occupying part of an older, much larger building
★★★★★ Middleton Down - chalk downland nature reserve
★★★★★ Old Sarum - remains of a castle and abbey; the original settlement of Salisbury
★★★★ Old Wardour Castle - spectacular ruins of a French-style fortified mansion from the 14th century
★★★★ Oysters Coppice - deciduous woodland crossed by a few boggy streams
★★★★ Parsonage Down - chalk grassland national nature reserve, also a working farm
★★★★★ St Mary's Church, Wilton - small medieval church, partly ruined, partly converted to a chapel
★★★★★ Salisbury Cathedral - amongst the largest and most beautiful religious buildings in England
★★★★★ Stonehenge - Britain's most famous prehistoric monument

Worcestershire

★★★★ Bredon Barn - agricultural building from the 14th century
★★★★ Great Malvern Priory - ancient parish church, with collections of medieval stained glass and wall tiles
★★★★★ Leigh Court Barn - huge, 14th century cruck-framed barn, the largest building of this type in the country
★★★★★ Little Malvern Priory - picturesque church occupying part of a 12th century Benedictine monastery
★★★★ Malvern Hills - tall, narrow uplands along the Herefordshire border
★★★★ Middle Littleton Tithe Barn - substantial, wood and stone barn from the mid 13th century
★★★★★ Pershore Abbey - surviving section of a larger church from a medieval abbey
★★★★★ Witley Court - evocative ruins of an extravagant country house, destroyed by fire in 1937
★★★★★ Worcester Cathedral - typically grand and ornate cathedral, built partly in the perpendicular Gothic style

Wales

Blaenau Gwent


★★★★★ Silent Valley Nature Reserve - wooded valley near Ebbw Vale

Bridgend


★★★★★ Candleston Castle - ivy-clad remains of a 14th century fortified mansion, on a wooded hill
★★★★ Coity Castle - large, ruined Norman castle with later additions
★★★★ Kenfig National Nature Reserve - varied coastal dune habitats, supporting a great range of plants and animals
★★★★★ Merthyr Mawr National Nature Reserve - extensive sand dunes, beside the coast near Porthcawl

Caerphilly

★★★★★ Caerphilly Castle - extensive 13th century fortification surrounded by moats and lakes

Merthyr Tydfil

★★★★ Morlais Castle - 13th century castle on an exposed limestone hill at the edge of the Brecon Beacons; mostly just earthworks
★★★★ Taf Fechan Gorge - pretty, tree-lined gorge north of Merthyr Tydfil, containing cascades and narrow sections

Monmouthshire


★★★★★ Abergavenny Castle - city centre ruin with a long and varied history
★★★★ Brockwells Meadows Nature Reserve - calcareous grassland with many wildflowers
★★★★★ Caerwent Roman Town - varied relics from a major Roman settlement, including extensive city walls
★★★★ Caldicot Castle - substantial, partly restored fortification surrounded by lawns and woods
★★★★★ Chepstow Castle - large Norman castle on the banks of the River Wye
★★★★ Clydach Gorge - wooded valley containing several waterfalls, plus old railways and industrial relics
★★★★ Grosmont Castle - compact, peaceful and picturesque castle near the River Monnow
★★★★★ Llanthony Priory - ruined Augustinian priory in a remote valley within the Black Mountains
★★★★ Monmouth Castle - small castle in the city centre, birthplace of Henry V
★★★★★ Prisk Wood - ancient trees in the Wye valley
★★★★★ Raglan Castle - spectacular medieval castle in southeast Wales, complete with moat
★★★★ Runston Chapel - roofless ruin of a small chapel near Chepstow, built in the late 11th century
★★★★★ Skenfrith Castle - remains of a 13th century castle, in rural surroundings overlooking the River Monnow
★★★★★ Skirrid Fawr - eastern outlier of the Black Mountains, circled by a 3.5 mile loop trail
★★★★ Springdale Farm Nature Reserve - meadows, pasture, streams and ancient woodland
★★★★★ Tintern Abbey - beautiful ruined abbey on the floor of the Wye Valley, beneath steep, forested slopes
★★★★★ Usk Castle - small, privately-owned castle ruins, some parts from the 12th century
★★★★ White Castle - a moated castle with outer court, on a hill in a peaceful, rural location

Neath Port Talbot

★★★★★ Margam Abbey - church occupying the nave of an ancient abbey, beside monastic remains including a chapter house
★★★★★ Neath Abbey - substantial remains of a major Cistercian monastery, and a 16th century mansion

Newport

★★★★★★ Caerleon Roman Fortress - remains of a first century Roman settlement, including barracks, bath house and amphitheatre
★★★★ Great Traston Meadows Nature Reserve - marshy grassland on the Gwent Levels

Powys


★★★★ Afon Nedd Fechan - river with three large waterfalls, flowing through a deep, forested valley
★★★★ Afon Pyrddin - cascades and two major waterfalls along a tributary of the Afon Nedd Fechan
★★★★★ Black Mountain Fans - summits along a dramatic ridge above two isolated lakes, on the west side of Brecon Beacons National Park
★★★★ Brecon Cathedral - Gothic building, some sections dating from the 12th century
★★★★★ Bronllys Castle - three storey keep-tower on top of a high motte
★★★★ Caerfanell Waterfalls - 20 or more waterfalls along the Caerfanell River in the Brecon Beacons, and the tributary of Nant Bwrefwr
★★★★ Castell Dinas - ditches, mounds and the base of a tower, ruins of the highest castle in Wales
★★★★★ Crickhowell Castle - fragmented remains of a minor Norman castle, beside the River Usk
★★★★★ Dolforwyn Castle - excavated castle remains on top of a steep-sided hill, surrounded by woodland
★★★★★ Cwm Llwch - valley with waterfalls and a secluded lake, below the highest peaks in the Brecon Beacons
★★★★★ Cwmhir Abbey - low walls from a once great monastic church
★★★★ Fan Fawr and Beacons Reservoir - summit in the Fforest Fawr region, and a scenic reservoir lined by trees
★★★★★ Four Waterfalls Walk - four large falls along the Mellte and Hepste rivers, near Ystradfellte in Brecon Beacons National Park
★★★★★ Hay Castle - relatively large ruins of a medieval castle, beside a later manor house; in Hay-on-Wye
★★★★★ Llangattock Escarpment - limestone cliffs below a plateau rim, site of 18th century quarries; also caves and a lake
★★★★ Montgomery Castle - extensive, photogenic, hilltop ruins
★★★★★ Nant Ddu - valley in the Brecon Beacons, containing several pretty waterfalls
★★★★ Nant Llech and Henrhyd Falls - the highest waterfall in south Wales, and a deep valley containing several other cascades
★★★★★ Nant Pyrgad and Pistyll Crawnon - waterfalls at the head of a valley in the Brecon Beacons
★★★★★ Pen y Fan and Fan y Big Horseshoe Walk - spectacular loop hike in the Brecon Beacons, visiting four high peaks
★★★★ Table Mountain, Pen Cerrig-calch and Pen Allt-mawr - summits in the Black Mountains, Brecon Beacons National Park
★★★★★ Tretower Castle and Court - ruined castle next to a complete, unrestored, 14th century manor house
★★★★ Waun Fach, Grwyne Fawr and Nant Bwch - peaks, ridges and valleys on the north side of the Black Mountains, Brecon Beacons National Park

Rhondda Cynon Taf


★★★★ Llantrisant Castle - ivy-covered tower and overgrown foundations from an ancient fortification
★★★★ Sychryd Gorge - short gorge along the River Sychryd near Pontneddfechan, containing several impressive waterfalls and some old mine relics

Swansea


★★★★★ Caswell Bay to Langland Bay - two sandy beaches and a stretch of eroded cliffs
★★★★★ Loughor Castle - small but interesting castle remains; a tower and earthwork, on the site of a Roman fort
★★★★ Oxwich Castle - impressive ruins of a Tudor mansion, on the foundations of a medieval castle
★★★★★ Oystermouth Castle - 12th century castle on a ridge above Mumbles Head
★★★★★ Pennard Castle - evocative remains of a 12th century fortification above Three Cliffs Bay
★★★★ Penrice Castle - large, little-known ruins, on private land
★★★★ Port Eynon to Common Cliff - spectacular, remote, rocky coastline on the south side of the Gower Peninsula
★★★★★ Swansea Castle - large sections of a mostly demolished castle, in the city centre
★★★★ Three Cliffs Bay - large, sandy inlet on the Gower Peninsula, bordered by dramatic cliffs
★★★★ Weobley Castle - substantial remains of a fortified mansion from the 14th century
★★★★★ Whiteford National Nature Reserve - sands, dunes and woodland, on the northwestern tip of the Gower Peninsula
★★★★★ Worm's Head - narrow tidal island south of Rhossili Bay, surrounded by eroded limestone formations

Torfaen


★★★★ Henllys Bog Nature Reserve - small, remote site containing several rare plant species

Vale of Glamorgan


★★★★★ Aberthaw to Stout Bay - cliffs and terraces along the easternmost portion of the Glamorgan Heritage Coast
★★★★ Barry Castle - gatehouse and walls, the limited remains of a fortified mansion in a residential suburb of Barry
★★★★★ Dunraven Bay - cliffs, beaches and eroded rock formations along the Glamorgan Heritage Coast near Southerndown
★★★★★★ East Orchard Castle - overgrown remains of a sizeable mansion, including various outbuildings
★★★★★ Ewenny Priory - parish church within part of a Norman abbey, protected by fortified walls
★★★★ Nash Point to Stout Bay - varied, little-visited section of the Glamorgan Heritage Coast
★★★★★ Ogmore Castle - small but pretty castle remains in a peaceful location beside the River Ewenny
★★★★ Ogmore-by-Sea - wide, sandy beach leading to eroded limestone cliffs with caves, terraces and other formations
★★★★★ Old Beaupre Castle - ruins of a fortified manor house, partly from the early 14th century
★★★★ Penmark Castle - overgrown ruins of a 13th century castle, including walls and a tower
★★★★★ St Quintin's Castle - a large gatehouse, curtain walls and tower foundations
★★★★★ Sully Island to Lavernock Point - cliffs, terraces, beaches and a tidal island, accessible at low tide

Parks

Brecon Beacons National Park - the largest area of wild lands in the south of the UK