BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2018: categories and finalists

The BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2018 recognises the best of the British countryside, from mighty landmarks and outstanding nature reserves to superb national parks and fine rural pubs. 


Our panel of expert judges scrutinised all the suggestions from readers and deliberated for hours to select five outstanding contenders in each category.

Judge John Craven said: “Helping to choose the shortlists meant interacting with you, our readers, in a quite remarkable way. We carefully considered every nomination and some were for places I had never heard of but which you obviously love. That made me determined to check them out, while others rekindled many happy memories. What a pleasant way to spend a few hours – discovering your particular favourites in the massive cornucopia that is our countryside.”


Huge congratulations to our finalists, it is a real achievement to make it onto the shortlist as the competition was stiff.

– Meet the winners and runners-up in the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2018




Meet the finalists in the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2018

Finalists for National Park of the Year

• New Forest
• The Broads
• Exmoor
• Northumberland
• Snowdonia

Finalists for Beach of the Year

• Luskentyre Beach, Isle of Harris
• Newborough Beach, Anglesey
• Holkham Beach, Norfolk
• Godrevey Beach, Cornwall
• Downhill Beach, County Derry

Finalists for Holiday Destination of the Year

• Forest of Bowland
• Pembrokeshire Coast
• Isle of Wight
• Suffolk
• Speyside

Finalists for Garden of the Year

• Bodnant Garden, Conwy
• Coleton Fishacre, Devon
• Rousham Gardens, Oxfordshire
• Lost Gardens of Heligan, Cornwall
• Mount Stewart, County Down

Finalists for Country Pub of the Year

• The Old Forge, Knoydart, Lochaber
• The Fox House, Longshaw, South Yorkshire
• The Rugglestone Inn, Widecombe in the Moor, Devon
• The Lock Keeper, Keynsham, Somerset
• Square and Compass, Worth Matravers, Dorset

Finalists for Nature Reserve of the Year

• RSPB Ham Wall, Somerset
• Rodley, Leeds
• RSPB Arne, Dorset
• Clara Vale, Tyne and Wear
• Loch Druidibeg, South Uist

Finalists for Conservation Success of the Year

British Divers Marine Life Rescue
• Isles of Scilly Seabird Recovery Project
• The Great British Beach Clean
• The Highway England Mitigation Project
• The Flight of the Swans, WWT

Finalists for Country Book of the Year

• The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris
• Islander by Patrick Barkham
• The Secret Life of Cows by Rosamund Young
• Beyond Spring by Matthew Oates
• The Wainwrights in Colour by Andy Beck

Finalists for Landmark of the Year

• The Dark Hedges, County Antrim
• High Force, County Durham
• Minack Theatre, Cornwall
• Callanish Stones, Isle of Lewis
• Castell Dinas Bran, Denbighshire

Finalists for Reader Photo of the Year

• Green and Granite by Robert Derrington
• Model Subject by Andrew Fletcher
• Cloud Cover by Chris Garner
• Lively Light by Chris Mole
• Tidal Mirror by Ashley Hemsley
• Golden Feed by Helen Brassington
• Stone Trove by Dave Mason
• Time for Tea by Ray Hutchinson
• Milling Around by Christopher Hill
• Beyond the Bridge by John Dear
• Stormy Spire by Chris Mole
• Voracious Vole by Iain Fazackerley

Meet the judges


John Craven: Captain Countryfile


Miranda Krestovnikoff: Radio and TV presenter and RSPB president


Fergus Collins: BBC Countryfile Magazine editor


Sheena Harvey: BBC Wildlife editor


Mark Rowe: Rural affairs and travel writer


Phoebe Smith: Author and adventurer


Take a look at the winners of the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2017 here