One problem with planning visits to battlefields is to know what you can expect to find. Some battlefields are easy to interpret and supported by information panels and a visitor centre. It is also useful to know whether it somewhere is more suitable as a walk or a car drive. Much of Britian’s battlefield heritage is not particularly well presented for the casual visitor.
British Battlefields is introducing a rating system for the convenience of visitors.. This is new, but based on the symbols used by the Ordnance Survey for tourist information. Over the next few years we plan to evaluate and rate battlefield and military heritage to make it easy for visitors to plan their visit. We would like to recruit members of the public as well as our members to evaluate military heritage destinations.
The information at the top of each entry shows the basic information about the destination.
Castle or fortress
Other Historic Building
Ownership or Management:
Adult entry below £5.00
Adult entry £5.00-10.00
Adult entry over £10.00
No car park or severe parking restrictions on roads
No public house within one mile.
Public Transport access direct to the destination and no more than 30 mins wait.
Public transport to within 500m and or wait of up to
Limited public transport to within two miles served once a day.
No public transport within two miles
Car route around battlefield or trail with all information points and viewing points accessible by car.
Car route around battlefield or trail with half information points and viewing points accessible by car.
Car route around battlefield or trail with at least one information point and or viewing points accessible by car.
Route inaccessible by car. No route within 100m of information points.
Excellent viewing points offering a view of the historic landscape
Viewing points offering a partial view over a historic landscape
No easy view of the historic landscape
The number of “feet” indicates the suitability of the destination as a walk
Three – walk with the battlefield accessible on foot
Two – most of the battlefield accessible on foot, but some of the walk may be through developed or built up areas.
One foot – a walk is possible on part of the battlefield
Battlefield inaccessible on foot
The orientation indicates the degree of difficulty of the walk
Horizontal. Easy walking. Access by footpaths
45% Moderate difficulty, walking boots advisable .
Vertical Hill walking some rock scrambling.
All points accessible by wheelchair.
Some points accessible by wheelchair
No wheelchair access.