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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


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