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England’s largest region. Highlights include the Cotswolds, Cornwall beaches and Dorset’s Jurassic Coast. Popular destinations are Bournemouth, Bristol, Bath and St Ives.
Wiltshire’s lack of coastline means less tourists, and this, plus the restricted military areas, has preserved natural habitats, delighting nature-lovers. Travel around the ancient sites, but as an alternative to Stonehenge, try Avebury, the world’s largest stone circle, where you can sit among the stones for free. Lacock Abbey, home to early photographer Fox Talbot, is just one of the beautiful houses to visit, and cities and towns like Salisbury and Marlborough are well worth a stop.
Deeper into the West Country, inland Devon has patchwork fields, high hedgerows, winding lanes, pretty villages and of course, brooding Dartmoor. The county town of Exeter has reminders from Roman times onwards, including city walls and a castle. With beaches ranging from small coves to long stretches of sand, and from calm seas to crashing waves beloved by surfers, it has activities to suit the tightest budget.
Of course, the best place for surfers is the Poldark county of Cornwall, which also has its own moor, Bodmin, set in a rugged landscape. The wild coast is ideal for a beach holiday, and for parents wanting a cheap day out. And don’t overlook the Scilly Isles off the Cornish coast, with their subtropical vegetation, and the chance to spot whales and sharks.
Don’t miss the chance to discover South West England. Whether you buy a guide to plan your trip or just wander, your memories will last until your next visit.
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