South-west England is a great place to get away from the crowds with some of the most beautiful beaches in Britain, gently rolling hills and miles and miles of lush English countryside and quaint villages making the region a haven for anyone who loves the great outdoors. The region is also home to the world-famous Cheddar Gorge and caves which simply must be explored, and no trip to the south-west would be complete without tasting its most famous exports - Cheddar Cheese and Cider. Besides all this the region also has its fair share of historical sites from the ancient mystery of Stonehenge and Avebury's stone circles to the UNESCO world heritage city of Bath with its architectural delights and its world renowned Roman Baths and Pump Room.
Bristol, the south-west's capital is a historic maritime city with its old district left much as it was hundreds of years ago with cobbled streets and historic architecture. Bristol also boasts many exciting attractions, events and festivals throughout the year which range from waterfront regattas to ballooning spectaculars. It has an outstanding clubbing scene and regularly attracts top name DJs and acts. The city also boasts some of finest classical concert venues and theatres in the country.
The Historical South West
Wiltshire's wide green valleys and chalk downlands are scattered with mysterious evidence of Britain's pre-historic ancestors - most famously the iconic stone circles of Stonehenge and Avebury, shrouded in myth and legend. Salisbury is teeming with historic treasures and its impressive cathedral boasts the tallest spire in England.
2000 years ago the Romans built a magnificent Bath House around the only natural hot spring in England, giving the city of Bath its name. Undoubtedly one of the jewels in South West England's crown - the entire city has been named a World Heritage site.
The Great Outdoors
Cornwall in the far south-west corner of Britain has become synonymous with surfing, art, great food, laid-back beach lifestyle and a playground for outdoors enthusiasts.
Lovers of all things 'ocean' will enjoy exploring picturesque fishing villages, drinking local ales in smuggler's inns, sampling freshly caught seafood, taking on new water sports or simply losing track of time on Cornwall's 300 or so beautiful golden beaches.
Cornwall is also home to the Eden project, a bio-sphere containing an incredibly diverse range of flora and fauna.
As well as offering more beaches and water sport opportunities along its two coastlines, Cornwall's neighbour Devon, has the Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks which provide perfect opportunities for getting active in wild, unspoiled open expanses of rolling countryside with its patchwork of fields, farms and overgrown hedgerows teeming with wildlife.
By Ruth Lancey
Date: 2018-01-17 11:42:32