The Registered Landscapes of Outstanding and of Special Interest in Wales


The landscapes of Wales have been formed by natural processes and shaped by human activity. This human activity ranges from the prehistoric periods through to the modern age. To recognise the value of historic landscapes, and to raise awareness of their importance, Cadw, in partnership with the Countryside Council for Wales (now called Natural Resources Wales) and the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS UK) has compiled a non-statutory Register of 58 landscapes of outstanding or special historic interest in Wales.

The Register of Historic Landscapes is a non-statutory, advisory register. Its primary aim is to provide information and raise awareness of an initial selection of the most important and significant historic landscape areas in Wales in order to aid their protection and conservation. This information is intended to help owners, Government, statutory bodies, Local Authorities, developers and all those who are involved with land management and protection to make better-informed decisions about areas on the Register. Planning Policy Wales sets out the general principles for the use of the Register in the planning process, stating that information on historic landscapes included in the Register should be taken into account by local planning authorities in preparing Local Development Plans, and in considering the implications of developments that are of such a scale that they would have more than local impact on an area on the Register.

The dataset that is available on Lle has not required updating since the publication of the original Registers in 1998 and 2001.

The Historic Landscape Character areas were digitised from the original hardcopy depictions taken from Registers that were created in 1998 and 2001. Care should be taken when using this data (see metadata).

Description Type Endpoint
Web Map Service (WMS) WMS (inspire-wg:Cadw_HistoricLandscapes)
Web Feature Service (WFS) WFS (inspire-wg:Cadw_HistoricLandscapes)