The south west of England incorporates some of the most breathtaking and diverse scenery, which stretches from the rolling Mendips hills in the east to the rugged Cornish peninsula in the south. In between are areas of remote moorland covered during the spring and summer with flowering heather. The climate is milder that the rest of the UK, due to its southerly location, and also because this narrow triangle of land is surrounded by the warm gulf stream.

There are plenty of things to do and see, from exotic gardens and ancient castles to pristine stately homes. You will also find many animal farm parks, zoos and fun amusement parks for the children, along with many of the best sandy beaches in Britain for the whole family to enjoy.

The south west has some excellent areas for walking - such as Bodmin Moor, Dartmoor, the Mendip Hills, Quantocks and the Exmoor National Park - not to forget the spectacular South West Coast Path, the longest public right of way in Britain.

Counties, Towns & Cities in South West England:

Wheal Coates - Cornwall

Cornwall

Bodmin, Boscastle, Bude, Camborne, Camelford, Coverack, Falmouth, Fowey, Helston, Launceston, Liskeard, Lostwithiel, Lizard, Looe, Marazion, Mevagissey, Mousehole, Mullion, Newlyn, Newquay, Redruth, Padstow, Penzance, Perranporth, Polperro, Port Isaac, Porthleven, Porthoustock, Portscatho, St Agnes, St Austell, St Ives, St Keverne, St Mawes, Tintagel, Truro

Ilfracombe - Devon

Devon

Ashburton, Barnstaple, Clovelly, Exeter, Dartmouth, Ilfracombe, Newton Abbot, Okehampton, Paignton, Plymouth, Tavistock, Tiverton, Torquay, Totnes

Durdle Door - Dorset

Dorset

Abbotsbury, Bournemouth, Dorchester, Lulworth, Lyme Regis, Poole, Shaftesbury, Sherborne, Swanage, Weymouth

Cheltenham Spa

Gloucestershire

Cheltenham, Cirencester, Gloucester, Painswick, Stroud, Tewkesbury

Dunster - Somerset

Somerset

Bath, Bridgwater, Clevedon, Dunster, Glastonbury, Portishead, Minehead, Watchet, Taunton, Wells, Weston-Super-Mare

Stone Henge - Wiltshire

Wiltshire

Avebury, Castle Combe, Chippenham, Devizes, Marlborough, Marlmesbury, Salisbury, Swindon, Trowbridge, Warminster

City and County of Bristol

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Cornwall has many charming coastal villages, with winding cobbled streets that lead to down beautiful sandy beaches, contrasting with steep craggy cliffs against a backdrop of green rolling hills. The seas in this area can be wild.  Big Atlantic rollers pound the west coast down to the southern tip of Cornwall - ideal for surfers, who come from all over the world to surf these beaches.

Somerset is famous for apple orchards and cider making that has been produced in Somerset for hundreds of years. Plymouth and the south coast of Devon is famous for its seafaring heritage, with architecture influenced by wealthy merchants and traders.

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