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Historic sites      Landscapes



★★★★★Bucklebury Common - large area of heath and woodland
★★★★Crowthorne Wood - coniferous and broad-leaved woodland, part of Swinley Forest
★★★★★ Donnington Castle - twin-towered gatehouse and low curtain walls from a 13th century fortified manor house
★★★★Fence Wood - conifers on an ancient woodland site
★★★★Inkpen Common - heathland, woodland, a pond and a bog
★★★★Moor Copse - meadows, copses and moist woodland alongside the River Pang
★★★★★Snelsmore Common - wet and dry heath, peat bogs, ponds, and ancient woodland
★★★★Sole Common Pond - secluded pond lined by bog, heath and wet woodland
★★★★Wokefield Common - coniferous and deciduous woodland, with patches of heath


★★★★ 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
★★★★★ Frome Valley Walkway - path along a secluded, wooded valley
★★★★Horseshoe Bend, Shirehampton - 270 degree bend along the River Avon
★★★★★ St Mary Redcliffe - large and beautiful parish church near the River Avon
★★★★Willsbridge Valley - secluded, wooded valley, with industrial relics


★★★★Homefield Wood - beech woodland and chalk grassland in the Chilterns


★★★★Bedruthan Steps - sea stacks, pools and a wide sandy beach
★★★★★Carn Euny Ancient Village - remains of an Iron Age village
★★★★★Duloe Stone Circle - Bronze Age stone circle
★★★★Godrevy Beach - sandy beach and dark rocks
★★★★★Lanyon Quoit - megalithic tomb
★★★★★Mên-an-Tol - late Neolithic formation of three standing stones
★★★★Pentargon Falls - 100 foot coastal waterfall
★★★★Restormel Castle - rare and well-preserved example of a circular castle
★★★★Rocky Valley - wooded ravine giving way to a dramatic cliff-lined gorge
★★★★★Trethevy Quoit - single-chambered tomb
★★★★★Wheal Coates - ruined coastal tin mine


★★★★ Axmouth to Lyme Regis - lengthy cliffs, remote beaches and extensive landslips along 7 miles of the Jurassic Coast
★★★★★ Baggy Point - cliff-lined headland with some rocky terraces
★★★★ Beer Head - sheer cliffs, sea caves and scenic beaches along the Jurassic Coast
★★★★★Bellever Tor - large tor with much exposed, weathered granite, at the centre of Dartmoor National Park
★★★★★ Berry Pomeroy Castle - ruins of a Tudor mansion within the walls of an older castle, in a secluded, wooded setting
★★★★★Blackadon Nature Reserve - ancient woodland, riverbanks, moorland and a tor
★★★★★Blackator Copse - ancient woodland, near a tor and a reservoir
★★★★★Braunton Burrows - second largest dune system in the UK
★★★★★Brownsham to Clovelly - cliffs, a valley, a double arch and a famous village
★★★★Budleigh Salterton to Ladram Bay - red-rock coastline
★★★★★ Burgh Island - tidal, cliff-lined island opposite a popular beach
★★★★★Bystock Pools - varied nature reserve with pools, heath, grassland and woodland
★★★★ Canonsleigh Abbey - minor monastic remains
★★★★ Cornworthy Priory - gatehouse from a medieval monastery
★★★★★ Dartmouth Castle - coastal artillery fort with a spectacular location, begun in the 14th century
★★★★★Dawlish Warren - sandy promontory at the mouth of the River Exe
★★★★★ Exeter Cathedral - beautiful building with many medieval features, including stained glass and extensive vaulting
★★★★Exmouth to Budleigh Salterton - the westernmost four miles of the Jurassic Coast
★★★★★Fernworthy Forest - conifer plantation enclosing ancient sites
★★★★★ Frithelstock Priory - picturesque 13th century ruin
★★★★Foreland Point to Lynmouth - 2.5 miles of north Devon coastline
★★★★★ Glenthorne Beach to Foreland Point - spectacular section of the north coast; dense woodand sloping steeply down to remote beaches and eroded rock formations
★★★★★Foggintor Quarry and King's Tor - abandoned quarry and a photogenic tor
★★★★ Haytor Rocks and Hound Tor - granite outcrops in Dartmoor National Park, plus old quarries and a ruined village
★★★★★Hartland Quay to Marsland - spectacular section of the Hartland Peninsula
★★★★★Heddon's Mouth - cliff-lined pebble and sand beach at the lower end of the River Heddon
★★★★Heddon Valley to Sherrycombe - high sea cliffs above hidden beaches
★★★★Lower East Lounston Nature Reserve - ancient woodland bordering a stream
★★★★★ 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
★★★★★Mortehoe to Lee Bay - slate cliffs, eroded formations and secluded beaches
★★★★★Noss Mayo to Stoke Down - narrow inlets, tiny beaches and grassy promontories
★★★★ Okehampton Castle - substantial ruins of the largest castle in the county, in a wooded valley
★★★★ Ottery St Mary - grand church from the 14th century
★★★★★ River Dart Gorge - deep, remote, thickly wooded river valley
★★★★ The Rough Nature Reserve - sloping, sometimes boggy grassland with varied wildflowers
★★★★ Shaldon to Watcombe - inaccessible beaches and high red cliffs, south of Teignmouth
★★★★★ Sidmouth to Ladram Bay - isolated red cliffs and sea stacks; along the Jurassic Coast
★★★★★Teign Gorge - two mile section of the River Teign
★★★★★ 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
★★★★Venn Ottery Nature Reserve - heath, grassland and a raised bog
★★★★Watersmeet - deep, wooded gorges
★★★★Wistman's Wood - ancient, high elevation oak woodland
★★★★Wonwell Beach to Ayrmer Cove - rugged section of the south Devon coastline
★★★★★Woody Bay to Heddon Valley - two miles of dramatic coastline


★★★★★ Abbotsbury Abbey - relics from a once large monastery near the coast, including a picturesque chapel
★★★★★Bracketts Coppice - ancient woodland, rough grassland and a stream
★★★★★ 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
★★★★★Durlston Head to Seacombe - cliff-bound section of the Jurassic Coast
★★★★★ Fontmell Down - chalk downland nature reserve
★★★★Hendover Coppice - quiet, steeply-sloping woodland with extensive bluebells
★★★★Hengistbury Head - prominent headland, centred on a hill of colourful sedimentary rock
★★★★Hibbitts Woods - ancient woodland crossed by a few tiny streams
★★★★ Holway Woods - ancient woodland on a steep slope
★★★★★Knowlton Church and Earthworks - ruined, Norman church within a Neolithic henge
★★★★Lulworth Cove to Mupe Bay - geologically varied section of the Jurassic Coast
★★★★Lyme Regis to Seatown - five miles of the Jurassic coast, including Charmouth, Stonebarrow Hill and Golden Cap
★★★★★Maiden Castle - the largest hillfort in the country
★★★★★The Nine Stones - late Neolithic circle of nine sarsen stones
★★★★Old Harry Rocks - dramatic chalk cliffs and inaccessible sea stacks
★★★★★Portland Bill - southern tip of the Isle of Portland
★★★★★ Portland Castle - well preserved coastal fort overlooking Portland Harbour
★★★★★Ringstead Bay to Bat's Head - three-mile section of the coast
★★★★★ 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
★★★★Townsend Nature Reserve - limestone grassland with sea views
★★★★★Valley of Stones National Nature Reserve - chalk downland and sarsen stones
★★★★★ Wimborne Minster - fine Norman church, formerly part of a monastery


★★★★★ Aust to Littleton Pill - partly cliff-lined section of the Severn Estuary
★★★★ Ban-y-Gor Woods - ancient woodland beside the River Wye
★★★★ Barrow Wake - steep-sided hill along the west edge of the Cotswolds
★★★★★Beachley Point and Chapel Rock - peninsula and tidal island
★★★★★Beechenhurst Trail - 9 mile loop in the Forest of Dean
★★★★ Berkeley Castle - intact Norman castle surrounded by fine gardens, occupied by the Berkeley family since 1154
★★★★Betty Daw's Wood - semi-natural woodland filled with thousands of wild daffodils
★★★★★Box Wood - beech woodland and a stream with cascades
★★★★Cannop Bridge Marsh - pools, streams and marshy woodland
★★★★Charfield Meadow - undisturbed grassland and woodland
★★★★★ Church of St John Baptist, Cirencester - one of the largest parish churches in the country
★★★★★Church of St Peter and St Paul, Northleach - cathedral-like parish church in a Cotswolds wool town
★★★★Clarke's Pool Meadows - semi-natural pasture filled with abundant wildflowers
★★★★★Cleeve Common - large expanse of calcareous grassland
★★★★★ Coaley Peak - high point along the west edge of the Cotswolds, with views across the Severn valley
★★★★Collin Park Wood - semi-natural, ancient woodland on acidic, clayish ground
★★★★★Coopers Hill - ancient beech woodland at the edge of the Cotswolds
★★★★★ 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
★★★★Foxes Bridge Bog Nature Reserve - acid bog in the Forest of Dean
★★★★Frith Wood Nature Reserve - ancient beech woodland
★★★★★ Gloucester Cathedral - imposing, city centre Norman cathedral
★★★★Grandmother's Rock - enclosed stream and an old quarry
★★★★Great Witcombe Roman Villa - excavated foundations of a substantial 2nd century villa
★★★★★ Greyfriars, Gloucester - walls, windows and arches from the church of a medieval friary
★★★★Gwen and Vera's Fields - two fields of wild daffodils
★★★★ Hailes Abbey - limited but atmospheric and picturesque ruins of a Cistercian monastery
★★★★Hobbs Quarry Nature Reserve - overgrown quarry with interesting geology
★★★★Ketford Bank Nature Reserve - sloping field of wild daffodils and bluebells
★★★★ Kilkenny Nature Reserve - calcareous grassland in the Cotswolds
★★★★★ Kingswood Abbey Gatehouse - the only remnant of a medieval monastery
★★★★★ Lady Park Wood National Nature Reserve - broad-leaved woodland across a northeast-facing slope in the Wye Valley
★★★★★ Lancaut Nature Reserve - steeply-sloping woodland in the Wye valley
★★★★Laurie Lee Wood Nature Reserve - small patch of ancient woodland, mainly beech
★★★★ Laymoor Quag Nature Reserve - boggy heath in the Forest of Dean, crossed by old railway lines
★★★★ Lippets Grove Nature Reserve - ancient woodland above the River Wye, beside Offa's Dyke
★★★★ Littleton Pill to Oldbury Pill - flat land beside the Severn Estuary
★★★★★ Lower Woods - one of the largest ancient woodlands in south England
★★★★Michael Wood - mixed trees on an ancient woodland site
★★★★★ Midger Wood - dense woodland around a pretty stream
★★★★ Old London Road Nature Reserve - small enclosure containing a rare species of wildflower
★★★★★Painswick Beacon - summit along the Cotswold escarpment
★★★★ The Park and Poor's Allotment - acidic heathland near the River Wye; a nature reserve
★★★★★ Pasqueflower SSSI - rare wildflowers in a peaceful, grassy valley
★★★★Pilning to Aust - three miles of the Severn Estuary coastline
★★★★Plump Hill Dolomite Quarry - varied wildflowers in a disused quarry
★★★★Rough Bank - flower-rich grassland 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
★★★★★ St Oswald's Priory - fragmentary but evocative remains of an ancient priory
★★★★Saltridge Wood - mature beech woodland above Painswick Valley
★★★★★ Sapperton Valley - wooded valley, wet meadows and a disused canal
★★★★★Selsley Common - limestone grassland at the edge of the Cotswolds
★★★★Severn Beach to Avonmouth - three miles of flat Severn Estuary coastline
★★★★Siccaridge Wood - ancient coppied woodland with several rare plant species
★★★★ Stenders Quarry - abandoned limestone quarry, colonised by a good variety of plant species
★★★★★ Stinchcombe Hill - calcareous grassland and oak/ash/beech woods
★★★★ Strawberry Banks SSSI - grassland above a small valley, sloping down to a stream
★★★★Stuart Fawkes - south-facing pasture on calcareous soils
★★★★★Sudeley Castle - fortified mansion built in the 1440s
★★★★★ Swift's Hill - hillside nature reserve; a noted orchid location
★★★★★ Tewkesbury Abbey - large Norman church, famous for its well-preserved Gothic architecture
★★★★★The Hudnalls - woodland national nature reserve
★★★★★Uley Bury - flat-topped hill, and Iron Age fort
★★★★ Westonbirt Arboretum - collection of 2,500 species of trees and shrubs from around the world
★★★★★ Wigpool Nature Reserve - ponds, marsh and acidic heath, in the middle of a conifer plantation
★★★★★ Woodchester Park - hidden, forested valley
★★★★★Woorgreens Lake - shallow lake ringed by woodland and heath
★★★★Workmans Wood - mature beech woodland in the Cotswolds
★★★★★Wye Valley, Passage Grove and Caswell Wood - ancient woodland in the Wye Valley, opposite Tintern
★★★★★Wye Valley, Tidenham Chase - varied sites along a 3 mile loop walk


★★★★★Ashford Hangers National Nature Reserve - ancient woodland on steep chalk slopes
★★★★Beacon Hill National Nature Reserve - long-distance views and varied wildflowers
★★★★Benyon's Inclosure - mature conifer plantation incorporating patches of ancient woodland
★★★★★Bishop's Waltham Palace - medieval residence of the Bishops of Winchester
★★★★★Bramshill Common Wood - conifer plantation containing ponds, mires and patches of heath
★★★★★Butter Wood - atmospheric, oak and beech woodland
★★★★★Greywell Moors - chalk streams, wet grassland, wet woodland and fen
★★★★★Highclere Park - the grounds of Highclere Castle
★★★★★ 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
★★★★Pamber Forest - ancient woodland, streams, meadows and heath
★★★★ 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
★★★★Southwick Priory - section of wall from an ancient priory
★★★★★Titchfield Abbey - ancient monastery, converted to a mansion, now a ruin
★★★★★Winchester Cathedral - spectacular, beautifully-decorated cathedral'


★★★★★Arthur's Stone - Neolithic burial chamber
★★★★★ Black Hill and Olchon Valley - peak in the Black Mountains, above a secluded valley
★★★★Bodenham Lake - tree-lined lake alongside the River Lugg
★★★★★ 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
★★★★★ King Arthur's Cave - ancient woodland below limestone cliffs
★★★★★ Longtown Castle - bailey walls and an elevated keep, in a countryside location near the Welsh border
★★★★Lugg Meadow - floodplain pasture beside the River Lugg
★★★★★ Madley Church - 13th century church with medieval stained glass and ancient wall paintings
★★★★Pentaloe Glen and Convallaria Area - moist woodland and a small fen
★★★★Quebb Corner Meadow - tree-lined field of neutral grassland
★★★★★Queenswood Country Park & Arboretum - oak woodland surrounding an arboretum containing over 1,200 specimen trees
★★★★Rudge End Quarry Nature Reserve - small, long-abandoned limestone quarry with several rare plant species
★★★★★Snodhill Castle - fragmantary ruins of an early Norman stone fortification
★★★★The Sturts - three groups of fields in the floodplain of the River Wye
★★★★★Symonds Yat - steep, wooded slopes above the River Wye
★★★★Upper Welson Marsh - hidden area of marsh and fen
★★★★ White Rocks Nature Reserve - grassland and ancient woodland
★★★★ Wigmore Castle - extensive, overgrown ruins, on several levels


★★★★★ Aston Rowant National Nature Reserve - chalk grassland along the west edge of the Chilterns
★★★★ Aston Upthorpe Downs SSSI - chalk grassland and mixed woodland
★★★★★ Bix Brand Old Church - crumbling ruins of a small Norman church
★★★★Cholsey Marsh - marsh, pools, wet woodland and damp meadows beside the River Thames
★★★★★ Hartslock - calcareous grassland at the edge of the Chilterns, a noted orchid location
★★★★★ Letcombe Valley - chalk stream, ancient woodland and calcareous grassland
★★★★ Minster Lovell Hall - photogenic ruins of a grand 15th century mansion
★★★★North Leigh Roman Villa - foundations of a Roman villa, abandoned in the 5th century
★★★★Oaken Wood - atmospheric woodland
★★★★★Rollright Stones - three ancient stone monuments
★★★★ Tuckmill Meadow - small nature reserve; grassland, trees and marsh
★★★★★Wayland's Smithy - well-preserved long barrow dating from around 3650 BC
★★★★★Wallingford Castle - fragmentary remains of a major medieval fortress
★★★★★Warburg - ancient beech woodland and 19th century plantations


★★★★Aisholt Wood - broad-leaved woodland on the east side of the Quantock Hills, bordered by a small stream
★★★★Aller and Beer Woods - ancient woodland extending 2 miles along a steep, west-facing slope
★★★★★Backwell Nature Reserves - Badgers Wood and Jubilee Stone Wood, mixed broad-leaved woodland in a dry valley
★★★★★ Bath Abbey - late medieval church at the centre of the city; beautiful perpendicular Gothic architecture
★★★★★Browne's Folly - ancient woodland and calcareous grassland
★★★★★Berrow Dunes - grassy and sandy dunes, with over 270 plant species
★★★★ Bishop's Palace - moated, castle-like residence of the bishops of Bath and Wells
★★★★★ Black Down and Burrington Combe - the highest summit in the Mendips, and a cliff-lined valley
★★★★★Blackmoor - limestone heath, open water and lead mine workings
★★★★Blagdon Lake - reservoir along the River Yeo
★★★★★ Brean Down - narrow limestone peninsula along the north Somerset coast, site of an old fort
★★★★Brimley Hill Mire - two fields in the Blackdown Hills, containing a spring-line mire
★★★★ Bubwith Acres - nature reserve in Mendip Hills, mostly grassland
★★★★Burtle Moor - wet pasture on the Somerset Levels
★★★★★ Burrow Mump - isolated, conical hill topped by the ruins of an 18th century church
★★★★★ Cadbury Camp - Iron Age hillfort on high ground overlooking the Severn Estuary
★★★★★ 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
★★★★Clapton Moor - wet meadows on low-lying ground in the Gordano Valley
★★★★★Clarken Coombe - ancient woodland in a shallow valley
★★★★ Cleeve Abbey - well preserved buildings from a 13th century monastery, plus foundations of the church
★★★★★Clevedon to the River Yeo - cliffs, pebble beaches and saltmarsh
★★★★★Cockercombe and Triscombe Stone - wooded valleys in the Quantocks
★★★★★ Crook Peak - rocky hill with excellent views; the most distinctive summit in the Mendips
★★★★★Dolebury Warren - calcareous grassland and an Iron Age hillfort
★★★★Somerset: Dommett Wood - mature oak/beech woodland
★★★★★ Draycott Sleights - nature reserve at the edge of the Mendip Hills
★★★★★ Dunkery Beacon - the highest point on Exmoor
★★★★★ Ebbor Gorge - wooded limestone ravine in the Mendip Hills
★★★★★ Farleigh Hungerford Castle - intriguing castle remains that include an intact chapel
★★★★Fivehead Arable Fields - cultivated fields supporting an usually wide range of plant species
★★★★★ 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
★★★★GB Gruffy - wet neutral grassland and drier acidic grassland
★★★★★Goblin Combe - shady, thickly wooded valley below patches of calcareous grassland
★★★★Great Breach Wood - mixed woodland in the Polden Hills
★★★★★Green Down - south-facing limestone downland
★★★★ Hellenge Hill - calcareous grassland nature reserve on a western outlier of the Mendip Hills
★★★★★ Hodder's Combe and Beacon Hill - wooded valley and a prominent summit; in the Quantock Hills
★★★★ Holford Kelting - ancient deciduous woodland on the east side of the Quantock Hills
★★★★ Hollow Marsh Meadow - isolated nature reserve; stream, woods and two fields
★★★★★Horner Wood - the largest area of ancient oak woodland in Britain
★★★★★Hurlstone Point to Porlock Weir - saltmarsh, fields and a long pebble beach
★★★★★ 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
★★★★Lots Grassland - pasture, hay meadows and boggy heath
★★★★★Mascall's Wood - ancient woodland on the south side of the Mendip Hills
★★★★★ 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
★★★★★Nutcombe Bottom - shady valley containing the tallest tree in England
★★★★★ 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
★★★★★ Prior's Wood - ancient woodland, with many bluebells in the spring
★★★★Prospect Fields - three fields on steeply-sloping, calcareous ground
★★★★ Purn Hill - small nature reserve, part of the western Mendip Hills
★★★★Puxton Moor - wet pasture fields lined by water-filled rhynes
★★★★Rodney Stoke National Nature Reserve - deciduous woodland and calcareous grassland
★★★★★ St Decuman's Church, Watchet - rural parish church, partly from the 13th century
★★★★★ Sand Point and Middle Hope - promontory and headland overlooking the Bristol Channel
★★★★★Shapwick Heath - varied watery habitats on the Somerset Levels
★★★★★ Stanton Drew Stone Circles - four groups of ancient stones
★★★★★ Stephen's Vale - woodland nature reserve centred on a stream and waterfall
★★★★Stert Point - tip of a remote promontory at the mouth of the River Parrett
★★★★ Tor Hole Fields - nature reserve of sloping grassland, in the Mendips
★★★★★Tyntesfield - 19th century gothic revival mansion
★★★★ 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
★★★★★Weston Big Wood - ancient woodland on a narrow ridge
★★★★★Withial Combe - narrow, wooded, steep-sided gorge
★★★★Watchet to Minehead - 6.5 miles of coastline, including photogenic rock formations
★★★★★Watchet to St Audrie's Bay - three mile section of the coast
★★★★★ Worlebury and Birnbeck Island - rocky, cliff-lined beach and a tidal island, near Weston-super-Mare
★★★★ Yarley Fields - nature reserve on the Somerset Levels
★★★★★Yarty Moor - wet grassland in the Blackdown Hills

★★★★★Bagshot Heath - heathland, bogs, streams, deciduous trees and conifer plantations
★★★★★Chobham Common National Nature Reserve - large area of lowland heath
★★★★★Puttenham Common - ponds, heath, woodland and alder carr
★★★★Waverley Abbey - fragmentary remains of a Cistercian abbey


★★★★★ 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
★★★★★Calstone and Cherhill Downs - chalk downland at the edge of the North Wessex Downs
★★★★Chisbury Chapel - small 13th century church, later used as a barn but retaining some original features
★★★★★Collingbourne Wood - ancient beech woodland
★★★★ Coombe Bissett Down - chalk downland nature reserve
★★★★ Dunscombe Bottom - small nature reserve, a strip of chalk grassland alongside a shallow valley
★★★★★Fyfield Down National Nature Reserve - remote chalk grassland with varied plant life, and numerous sarsen stones
★★★★Green Lane Woodland Complex - nature park, wildflower meadow and two areas of woodland
★★★★Ham Hill - narrow strip of chalk grassland
★★★★High Clear Down - sloping, flower-rich chalk grassland
★★★★Landford Bog - wet heath and lowland bog, within the New Forest
★★★★★Littlecote Roman Villa - foundations of an extravagant Roman settlement
★★★★★ 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
★★★★★Morgan's Hill - chalk grassland supporting an unusually wide range of wildflowers
★★★★★ 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
★★★★★Pewsey Downs - chalk hills and dry valleys, with many wildflowers
★★★★Prescombe Down - chalk downland, part of Cranborne Chase
★★★★★Roundway Down - wildflower-rich chalk grassland
★★★★★ 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
★★★★Savernake Forest - ancient woodland, with oaks up to 1,000 years old
★★★★Smallbrook Meadows - watery habitats beside the rivers Were and Wylye
★★★★★ Stonehenge - Britain's most famous prehistoric monument
★★★★Vincients Wood - semi-ancient woodland
★★★★★West Woods - 12,000 acres of trees on an ancient woodland site
★★★★White Sheet Hill - chalk downland and ancient monuments
★★★★Wylye Down - chalk grassland across both sides of a shallow valley in Cranborne Chase


★★★★ 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


Blaenau Gwent

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


★★★★★ 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
★★★★★ Newcastle Castle - gatehouse, towers and curtain wall from a Norman castle
★★★★★Sker Rocks - wave-carved, inter-tidal plateau


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


★★★★★Coed-y-Bedw Nature Reserve - atmospheric woodland on a north-facing slope, crossed by several streams


★★★★★Carreg Cennen Castle - imposing medieval castle on a cliff-lined limestone hill
★★★★Dinefwr Castle - ruined medieval castle with a commanding position on top of a wooded ridge
★★★★★Dryslwyn Castle - 13th century castle of intricate design, atop a limestone hill beside the River Towy
★★★★Talley Abbey - ruined church from a medieval monastery
★★★★★Talley Lakes - pair of lakes in a glacial hollow


★★★★★Afon Pysgotwr Gorge - deep, rocky, mile-long gorge in the Cambrian Mountains
★★★★★Cors Caron National Nature Reserve - the largest surviving area of raised bog in the UK
★★★★★Strata Florida Abbey - picturesque ruins of a major medieval monastery
★★★★Teifi Pools - remote lakes in the Cambrian Mountains

Merthyr Tydfil

★★★★★Darren Fawr Nature Reserve - limestone plateau edged by sheer cliffs
★★★★ 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


★★★★★ Abergavenny Castle - city centre ruin with a long and varied history
★★★★★Blorenge - flat-topped summit, high point of the hills south of Abergavenny
★★★★ 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
★★★★★Chepstow Park Wood - conifer plantation on an ancient woodland site
★★★★ Clydach Gorge - wooded valley containing several waterfalls, plus old railways and industrial relics
★★★★Dixton Embankment Nature Reserve - calcareous grassland and woodland bordering the River Wye
★★★★ Grosmont Castle - compact, peaceful and picturesque castle near the River Monnow
★★★★★ Llanthony Priory - ruined Augustinian priory in a remote valley within the Black Mountains
★★★★Magor Marsh Nature Reserve - fen, damp grassland, reens and a pond
★★★★★Margaret's Wood - steep slope with ancient trees and wild daffodils
★★★★ Monmouth Castle - small castle in the city centre, birthplace of Henry V
★★★★New Grove Meadows - four fields of species-rich grassland
★★★★Priory Wood - mixed woodland on a steep slope above the River Usk
★★★★★ Prisk Wood - ancient trees in the Wye valley
★★★★★ Priory Church of St Mary, Chepstow - parish church incorprating parts of a 12th century priory
★★★★★ 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
★★★★★St Mary's Priory, Abergavenny - parish church originally built for a Benedictine priory
★★★★Strawberry Cottage Wood - ancient oak woodland
★★★★ The Wern Nature Reserve - rough grassland, heath and scattered trees
★★★★★ 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

★★★★★Llyn Fach - remote montane lake below steep, north-facing sandstone cliffs
★★★★★ Margam Abbey - church occupying the nave of an ancient abbey, beside monastic remains including a chapter house
★★★★ Melincourt Falls - sheltered, wooded valley leading to an 80 foot waterfall
★★★★★ Neath Abbey - substantial remains of a major Cistercian monastery, and a 16th century mansion
★★★★★ Neath Castle - twin-towered gatehouse, curtain walls and inner foundations


★★★★★★ 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
★★★★★Newport Cathedral - cathedral of the Diocese of Monmouth, dedicated in 1949
★★★★★Newport Wetlands - varied watery habitats


★★★★Afon Gwesyn - 4.5 mile-long river in the Cambrian Mountains
★★★★★Afon Hepste - pools, waterfalls, cascades and cliffs
★★★★ 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
★★★★Cae Pwll y Bo - small meadow, famous for its display of globeflowers
★★★★ 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
★★★★★Cors y Llyn National Nature Reserve - tree-lined patch of bog and fen with rich plant life
★★★★★ Crickhowell Castle - fragmented remains of a minor Norman castle, beside the River Usk
★★★★★Craig Cerrig Gleisiad a Fan Frynych - sheltered cliffs in the Brecon Beacons
★★★★★ Cwm Llwch - valley with waterfalls and a secluded lake, below the highest peaks in the Brecon Beacons
★★★★★ Cwm Serre and Cribyn - steep-sided valley and a high summit, in the Brecon Beacons
★★★★★ Cwmhir Abbey - low walls from a once great monastic church
★★★★★ Dolforwyn Castle - excavated castle remains on top of a steep-sided hill, surrounded by woodland
★★★★ 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
★★★★ Gospel Pass - the highest paved road in Wales
★★★★Grwyne Fechan and Pen y Gadair-Fawr - loop hike to a summit in the Black Mountains
★★★★★ 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
★★★★★Llangorse Lake - the second largest natural lake in Wales
★★★★ Montgomery Castle - extensive, photogenic, hilltop ruins
★★★★★Mynydd du Forest and Pen y Gadair Fawr - conifer plantation and isolated peak
★★★★★Nant Cynafon and Waen Rydd - waterfalls, moorland and peaks
★★★★★ Nant Ddu - valley in the Brecon Beacons, containing several pretty waterfalls
★★★★★Nant Irfon - remote valley in the Cambrian Mountains
★★★★ Nant Llech and Henrhyd Falls - the highest waterfall in south Wales, and a deep valley containing several other cascades
★★★★Nant Menasgin - wooded stream, dividing to the valleys of Cwm Oergwm and Cwm Cwareli
★★★★★ Nant Pyrgad and Pistyll Crawnon - waterfalls at the head of a valley in the Brecon Beacons
★★★★★ Nant Tarthwyni and Waen Rydd - wooded valley leading to a flat-topped peak
★★★★★ Pen y Fan and Fan y Big Horseshoe Walk - spectacular loop hike in the Brecon Beacons, visiting four high peaks
★★★★Porth yr Ogof - large cave containing an underground river
★★★★★Stanner Rocks - isolated hill of igneous rock
★★★★ 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
★★★★★Vicarage Meadows - two wildflower-rich fields of acidic grassland
★★★★ 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

★★★★★Cwm Cadlan National Nature Reserve - varied watery habitats in a shallow, upland valley
★★★★ 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


★★★★★ 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
★★★★Oxwich to Horton - wave-cut terraces, grassy bluffs and limestone cliffs
★★★★★Oxwich National Nature Reserve - varied habitats beside Oxwich Bay
★★★★★ 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
★★★★Rhossili Bay, Burry Holms and Broughton Bay - beaches, dunes and limestone cliffs
★★★★★ Swansea Castle - large sections of a mostly demolished castle, in the city centre
★★★★★Tears Point to Common Cliff - wild, rugged section of the Gower coastline
★★★★ 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


★★★★ 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 - golden sand, grey limestone terraces and red mudstone cliffs
★★★★ Barry Castle - gatehouse and walls, the limited remains of a fortified mansion in a residential suburb of Barry
★★★★★ Barry to Aberthaw - long cliffs of thin-layered limestone above terraces and pebble beaches
★★★★★ 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 Cwm Mawr - cliffs, terraces, beaches and rock pools
★★★★ 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 Bay to Barry - photogenic red cliffs and eroded formations
★★★★★ Sully Island to Lavernock Point - cliffs, terraces, beaches and a tidal island, accessible at low tide