Parks and countryside
Herefordshire is a rural county with an abundance of beautiful and unspoilt countryside including two designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty - the Malvern Hills AONB in the east and the Wye Valley AONB in the south.
The diverse character of the landscape ranges from wooded hills in the north to river valleys in the south and from rolling hills dotted with farms and orchards in the east to the grazed upland hillsides rising to mountain ridges in the west.
The council's countryside ranger team aims to bring you closer to the countryside by managing and maintaining Queenswood, Herefordshire's only country park and arboretum and its sister site Bodenham Lake - the largest area of open water in the county.
An extensive network of public rights of way, managed and maintained for the council by our contractor, makes the countryside accessible, while access land opens up large areas of countryside for you to enjoy without the restrictions of keeping to a path.
Herefordshire has a wealth of more formal parks and open spaces, which offer a quiet retreat from the hustle-bustle of town life and provide a safe haven in which you can enjoy various leisure pursuits or simply relax and take some fresh air.
The council's parks and countryside development team is responsible for the strategic management of the parks and the on-site management of the parks and associated sites is undertaken by our contractor.
Please note that although local byelaws vary, the following list of dos and don'ts applies at all Herefordshire Council parks and open spaces:
- The driving of motor vehicles is prohibited
- Camping is prohibited
- Lighting fires is prohibited
- Please take all litter home or use the bins where provided
- Please clean up after your dog at all sites, even where bins are not provided
- Walks and trails
Find out about circular walks, long distance routes, guided walks and easy access walking routes
- Queenswood Country Park
The only designated country park in the county, open dawn to dusk, entry is free
- Bodenham Lake
Bodenham Lake Nature Reserve is 44.5 hectares (110 acres) of varied habitat
- Parks, play areas and sports pitches search
Search for parks, play areas and sports pitches near you
- Play areas
Find out about play areas in the county and report a problem with a play area
- Access land
Find out about your rights when using access land
- Grass cutting, grounds and tree maintenance
Report a problem with a tree or grounds maintenance in a council park, public open space or adjacent to a road or pavement
- Public rights of way
Report a footpath problem, view the public rights of way map and changes to rights of way, find out a landowner's responsibilities
- Commons and village greens
Register or change details about a common, village or town green
How to apply for an allotment
- Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty
Map of Herefordshire's Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs)