Landscape Character Areas

Landscape Character Areas are geographically unique areas of the County. They are areas where a combination of factors such as topography, vegetation pattern, land use and cultural associations combine to create an area with a distinct, recognisable character.  After the area is described, it is evaluated to bring out the things that are affecting the landscape now and in the future, and the effect of these ‘forces for change’ on its most important qualities. Seascape Character Areas are included in the Landscape Character web pages.

This page has the full set of Landscape Character Assessments for Hampshire.
They are provided in PDF format which you can view, print, or save to your own computer.

Reference Landscape Character Areas
1a Pamber and Tadley Plantations and Heath
1b North East Hampshire Plantations and Heath
1c Ringwood Plantations and Heath
2a Highclere Chase
2b North Hampshire Lowland Mosiac
2c Loddon Valley and Forest of Eversley West
2d Romsey to Eastleigh Wooded Lowland Mosaic
2e Forest of Bere West
2f Forest of Bere East
2g Sandleheath Wooded Farmland
2h Lockerley Wooded Farmland
2i Upper Beaulieu and Hartford Heath Wooded Farmland
2j Copythorne and Ashurst Heath Associated Wooded Farmland
2k Lymington Wooded Farmland
2l Bransgore Wooded Farmland
2m East Hampshire Lowland Mosaic
2n Wellow and Awbridge Heath Associated Wooded Farmland
3a Avon Valley
3b Test Valley
3c Itchen Valley
3d Hamble Valley
3e Meon Valley
3f Wey Valley
4a New Forest Open Western Heaths
4b New Forest Open Eastern Heath
4c Beaulieu Open Heath
5a New Forest Central and North Woodlands and Plantations
6a East Hampshire Wooded Downland Plateau
7a North West Hampshire Downs
7b Hannington and Dummer Downs
7c Newton Valance Farrington and East Tisted Downs
7d Bighton and Bramdean Downs
7e South West Hampshire Downs
7f West Winchester Downs
7g Owslebury and Corhampton Downs
7h South East Hampshire Down
8a Willesley and Litchfield Dipslope Open Downs
8b Basingstoke Open Downs
8c North East Hampshire Open Downs
8d Andover Open Downs
8e Mid Hampshire Open Downs
8f Candover Valley Open Downs
8g East Winchester Open Downs
8h East Dean Downs
8i Portsdown Hill Open Downs
8j Martin and Rockbourne Open Downs
9a South West New Forest Coastal Plain
9b South East New Forest Coastal Plain
9c New Forest Waterside
9d Netley Bursledon and Hamble Coastal Plain
9e Chilling Brownwich and Locks Heath Coastal Plain
9f Gosport and Fareham Coastal Plain
9g Havant and Emsworth Coastal Plain
9h Hayling Island Coastal Plain
10a Langstone and Chichester Harbours
10b Portsmouth Harbour (Currently no assessment)
11a Western Solent
11b Southampton Water
11c Eastern Solent
12a Western Weald Forest and Farmland Heath
13a Clere Scarp
13b East Hampshire Hangers and Greensand Terrace