Holidays in Cornwall, Devon and the South West of England
South West England is Great Britain’s most popular holiday destination; it offers a rich variety stunning landscapes from the remote moors of Dartmoor and Exmoor to the famous coastline of Devon and Cornwall.
This dwindling peninsula reaching out into the Atlantic inspires a great sense of Island Britain than anywhere else in England. It is a land of diverse, yet complementary landscapes that retain strong elements of ancient civilisations that were overtaken, but never submerged by successive conquests.
Perfect for short breaks or family holidays.
The farmed land of the South West England includes Dorset’s serene and rolling acres and the unremitting flatness of the Somerset Levels from which rises the famous Glastonbury Tor. It embraces Salisbury Plain with Stonehenge, Devon’s lush pastures, the tiny prehistoric fields of Cornwall’s rugged Land’s End Peninsula and the Mediterranean flower meadows of the Isles of Scilly. Within the farmed lowlands are islands of high ground such as the slight, smooth Polden Hills and the Blackdown Hills of Somerset, the bulky Mendips, breached by craggy ravines like Cheddar Gorge, the tawny Quantocks and the high wild acres of Dartmoor, Exmoor and Bodmin Moor.
South West England is Great Britain’s essential tourist destination
The West Country is defined by its villages and country towns rather than great cities or industrial conurbations. Even the etropolitan centres of the West reflect the culture of rural and maritime England. Bath with its world renowned spa and Roman history, Exeter is identified with its glorious cathedral in a wide green space; Taunton’s urban image is mellowed by county cricket and cider apples; Plymouth, with its powerful seagoing traditions turns towards wide expanse of Plymouth Sound and the open seas.
In a thousand villages, centuries of complex history have created unique communities created the thatched serenity of wooded Selworthy in Somerset and the cobbled streets of St Ives and Clovelly.
Enjoy beach holidays or tour the historical sites and famous gardens
There is always a sense of escape in South West of England, of there being enough land to go around. Most strikingly there is the sea, the great element that makes the West Country so emphatically the heart of maritime England. From Devon and Cornish shored the great adventurers of Elizabethan England- the Raleighs, the Drakes and the Grenvilles. Today, the colourful fishing boats and fishermen of numerous West Country ports such as Newlyn, Padstow, Fowey, Falmouth, Beer and Lymington , retain a flavour of the old-time buccaneering spirit.
Above all there is a sense of detachment from the hustle and bustle of London or Bristol that attracts all those who want to escape and enjoy a memorable holiday for families or couples.
Discover the marvellous contrasts of this favoured region, its beautiful and varied countryside, its rugged cliffs, outstanding beaches and resorts, its ancient towns and secluded villages and above all a friendly and welcoming people.