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Walkers & Cyclists Welcome: The South West

Cornwall & Isles of Scilly, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire

This is the home of Stonehenge, magnificent Bath Spa and quaint honey-coloured Cotswolds villages. Beautiful Cornish beaches, gently rolling Devon hills and miles of lush English countryside make this landscape heaven for anyone who loves the great outdoors.

The South West can rightly claim to be one of the most beautiful areas of the UK.

PLACES & IDEAS

CORNWALL

picture showing coastline in cornwall

If imposing scenery, surfing and bracing cliff walks are for you, then visit Cornwall's rugged north coast. Overcast weather is usually a sign that the surf will be good but be careful to observe the Red Flag limits as currents here can be very strong.

Lands End is the most westerly point of mainland Cornwall and England. The headland is designated an Important Plant Area for rare species of flora.

DORSET AND EAST DEVON

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Stretching from Lyme Regis to Portland Bill, the Jurassic Coast provides a fossilised record of life on land and in the sea dating back 185 million years, including Chesil Beach, a 40ft bank of shingle stretching ten miles.

Dorset’s countryside is almost entirely designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It includes iconic landmarks such as the Gold Hill in Shaftesbury, famous for the 1973 Hovis Advert.

WIDE OPEN SPACES

picture showing rolling landscape of Bodmin Moor

Bodmin Moor is one of the last great unspoilt areas in the South West and is dominated by towering granite tors.

Purple, heather clad moorland, wide open landscapes, rushing rivers and obscure stone tors shape the landscape of Dartmoor.

Exmoor National Park contains a variety of landscapes within its 267 square miles, including moorland, woodland, valleys and farmland.

MINING HISTORY

Woman in hard hat exploring a mine

Tin and copper mining in Devon and Cornwall boomed in the 18th and 19th centuries, and at its peak the area produced two-thirds of theworld's copper.

HISTORIC MONUMENTS

The Neolithic sites of Avebury and Stonehenge in Wiltshire are two of the most famous monuments in the world, and relate to man's interaction with his environment.

COTSWOLD COLOUR

picture showing cottages and scenery of the Cotswolds The Cotswolds is one of the most visited parts of the UK with its picture postcard landscapes of rolling hills, stone cottages and magnificent churches.

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