South West England is full of fabulous places to visit. With a magnificent coastline and a wide range of outdoor activities, a holiday here has so much to offer. Here are a few of the top spots in the South West.
Go, Island Hopping
There are some unique island destinations in South West England that are perfect for a relaxing getaway. The Isles of Scilly off the Cornish Coast are renowned for their climate and for quiet beaches, subtropical gardens, and fine food. Off North Devon, Lundy Island is famed for wildlife and walking. For a castle in the sea try St Michael’s Mount near Penzance.
Taste Fine Food
In the South West, there’s a huge emphasis on locally produced food. You’ll find farmers markets in most towns but do spend time tasting cheese at Cheddar and at Wedmore in Somerset. There are vineyards too and the Camel Valley in Cornwall is one of the finest places to taste local wine. Fresh fish is a highlight here and some of the best places to go are Salcombe and Torcross in Devon.
There are literally miles of footpaths in the South West with a wide range of circular and linear walks. The famous South West Coastal Footpath is over 600 miles in length but if you want something shorter try a day walk from Swanage or Dartmoor for some really scenic routes. Exmoor is another beautiful place to explore whilst walking.
Relive a Movie Moment
The South West is popular with film producers and many renowned movies have been filmed here. Far From The Madding Crowd was shot in Dorset at Sherborne, Lulworth Cove, and Beaminster. War Horse was filmed on Dartmoor and also at Castle Combe in Wiltshire. The drama TV series Poldark is based in Cornwall and was filmed in Porthgwarra, Charlestown, and St Agnes.
The South West is renowned for water sports and surfing is very popular. You’ll find good surfing beaches at Croyde in Devon and Polzeath in Cornwall. Newquay is another surf resort. There’s scuba diving too and the sites off Dartmouth and Weymouth are particularly good.
Enjoy Beautiful Gardens
The South West climate makes it ideal for sub-tropical gardens, especially in spring. In Dorset, Abbotsbury is a lovely place to visit and also has a swannery. Cornwall is renowned for the Lost Gardens of Heligan and also Trebah. The Eden Project is another top garden spot to enjoy.
Relax on a Beach
The South West coastline has lots of beautiful beaches. There are 2 miles of sand at Westward Ho! and a sandy stretch in Perranporth. In St Ives, the scene at Carbis Bay could be in the Mediterranean, but this really is Cornwall. Even in winter, a bracing walk across a beach is an exhilarating experience.
The South West is full of interesting things to do and beautiful places to go to. Which one will you choose?