South West England

Landscapes that melt together rambling moors, rolling hills and postcard-shot beaches dotted with medieval market towns and cathedral spires. South West England shouts 'picturesque' from every corner. Hiking and biking trails criss-cross valleys and ridgeways, wind between stone-built villages and traverse towering gorges. Legends of mystical moorland beasts and stone circles lead you through endless Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Foodies should fast well in advance for a gourmet trip stuffed with cream teas, fruity cider and crumbly cheeses.

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Walk around the Stonehenge Landscape

Walk around the Stonehenge Landscape

Did you know the famous stone circle is surrounded by other prehistoric monuments, which are all part of the Stonehenge World Heritage Site?

Stonehenge, Wiltshire

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Spend a day exploring the sights in the Wiltshire Cotswolds

Spend a day exploring the sights in the Wiltshire Cotswolds

In the north west of Wiltshire, the Cotswolds encompasses the honey-pot village of Castle Combe and the picturesque market town of Malmesbury.

Wiltshire Cotswolds, Wiltshire

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Indulge your inner book worm at the St Ives Literature Festival

Indulge your inner book worm at the St Ives Literature Festival

Discover why the twentieth century’s great writers and artists found their inspiration in the fishing town of St Ives.

Location: St Ives, Cornwall

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Discover Dazzling Birds and Wildlife

Discover Dazzling Birds and Wildlife

People flock to Scilly to come and enjoy our rich and diverse birdlife, so plan your break here to see some of the UK's wildest residents.

Location: Isles of Scilly

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Rummage for antiques in an old railway station

Rummage for antiques in an old railway station

Those with a passion for all-things vintage will feel at home in Bath, a chic Georgian city bursting with vintage markets and retro shops.

Location: Bath, Somerset

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Experience life at sea aboard Brunel’s ss Great Britain

Experience life at sea aboard Brunel’s ss Great Britain

One of the world's most important ships brought to life for modern-day visitors.

Location: Bristol

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Give a standing ovation to Plymouth’s lively arts scene

Give a standing ovation to Plymouth’s lively arts scene

Explore the works of Plymouth's legendary artists – Beryl Cook, Robert Lenkiewicz and Sir Joshua Reynolds, as well as today's talented young artists.

Location: Plymouth, Devon

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See Famous Works in the Royal Albert Memorial Museum

See Famous Works in the Royal Albert Memorial Museum

With numerous famous artworks and historical artefacts on display, Exeter's award-winning Royal Albert Memorial Museum is a must-see.

Location: Exeter, Devon

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Walking boots on for Walk Scilly Weekend

Walking boots on for Walk Scilly Weekend

Take a weekend country break with a difference and choose from a variety of themed, guided walks across the Isles of Scilly.

Location: Isles of Scilly

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Put pedal to the metal at the Castle Combe Circuit

Put pedal to the metal at the Castle Combe Circuit

Feel like you’ve got what it takes to be the next Lewis Hamilton? Well, now’s your chance to put the pedal to the metal and prove your skills on the classic race circuit at Castle Combe.

Location: Chippenham, Wiltshire

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Take the family pet along on a dog friendly break in Dorset

Take the family pet along on a dog friendly break in Dorset

Thanks to Dorset’s dog friendly places, there’s no need to leave your favourite canine companion at home on a family holiday.

Location: Dorset

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Get your ‘blues’ fix at Broadstairs Blues Bash

Get your ‘blues’ fix at Broadstairs Blues Bash

Aint’ nothin’ but the blues - not the winter ones, but the music type in Broadstairs every February for one weekend.

Location: Broadstairs, Kent

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You've heard the band, now visit the town

You've heard the band, now visit the town

Follow the trail to find 28 striking art works in and around Portishead’s Quays Marina, on the Severn Estuary, just south of Bristol.

Location: Portishead, Somerset

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See Wiltshire's industrial past at the Crofton Beam Engines

See Wiltshire's industrial past at the Crofton Beam Engines

See Wiltshire's industrial past 'in steam' at the Crofton Beam Engines.

Location: Marlborough, Wiltshire

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See Plymouth’s waterfront and wildlife by bicycle

See Plymouth’s waterfront and wildlife by bicycle

Britain’s Ocean City boasts a wonderful waterfront area, and provides easy access to the coast and the countryside right from the heart of the city.

Location: Plymouth, Devon

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Don’t leave Holcombe Inn without trying the cider

Don’t leave Holcombe Inn without trying the cider

Unwind with a typical Somerset tipple, an apple crumble and a long soak in the bath at this 17th century country inn.

Location: Holcombe near Bath, Somerset

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Take in the spectacular view at the Ferry Boat pub

Take in the spectacular view at the Ferry Boat pub

This little pink pub on the River Dart is a friendly spot to sup on your pint and watch the world go by.

Location: Dittisham, Devon

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Grab your paddle for an exploration of Bristol’s Harbour

Grab your paddle for an exploration of Bristol’s Harbour

Set out on a water sports adventure in Bristol’s beautiful, historic Harbour - the perfect setting for learning to paddleboard, canoe or sail.

Location: Bristol

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Peel away the layers of Dorset’s Jurassic Coast

Peel away the layers of Dorset’s Jurassic Coast

Trace a history that goes back millions of years as you meander Dorset’s famous Jurassic Coast, England’s first UNESCO Natural World Heritage site.

Location: Dorset

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Ooh and aah over Plymouth’s spectacular fireworks display

Ooh and aah over Plymouth’s spectacular fireworks display

This summer, enjoy the British Firework Championships whilst surrounded by wonderful panoramic views of Plymouth Hoe.

Location: Plymouth, Devon

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