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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Pier to Pier in Bournemouth

Got a spare hour or two in Bournemouth? Then take a stroll between the two piers.

Location: Bournemouth, Dorset

 

Walking in the Cotswolds

Join a walking route from Bourton-on-the-Water to the Slaughters.

Location: Oxfordshire

 

Catch some waves at Woolacombe Beach

North Devon has some of the county’s most popular family beaches, including award-winning Woolacombe.

Location: Woolacombe, Devon

 

Cycle alongside the Exe Estuary

Jump on a bike to explore the beautiful Exe Estuary, taking in the lovely scenery, villages and landscapes along a 26 mile-long route.

Location: Exeter, Devon

 

Discover the home of Banksy on a Bristol Street Art Tour

Street art tours are a ‘must do’ cultural experience in the city, thanks to Bristol-born Banksy and many other famous artists

Location: Bristol

 

Cycle the City of Bristol

Classic Cycle hire with picnics makes for a great active break, and guides available with themed itineraries means you can see the sights.

Location: Bristol

 

Enjoy the best view of Bristol from Cabot Tower

The greatest view of Bristol is like all best things in life, free. Head to Cabot Tower for an unforgettable panorama.

Location: Bristol

 

Live the good life at The Lido in Bristol

Bristol's restored Victorian Lido offers outdoor swimming, spa facilities, a café and bar for lunch and award winning restaurant for dinner.

Location: Bristol

 

Walk and picnic amongst the prehistoric landscape at Avebury

Step into the largest stone circle in the world, standing for over 4500 years, and the site of a host of archaeological excavations.

Location: Marlborough, Wiltshire

 

Spend a day exploring the sights of Tisbury

With art and beauty steeped in history, Tisbury is an excellent base from which to explore Wiltshire’s countryside.

Location: Tisbury, Wiltshire

 

Fall in love with Exeter Cathedral

Be awed by Exeter Cathedral; a gothic masterpiece and one of the South West's most iconic landmarks, even better when viewed from above.

Location: Exeter, Devon

 

Picnic in Bath's most elevated park

Enjoy stunning views of the World Heritage City of Bath from the steep hill-top setting of Alexandra Park.

Location: Bath, Somerset

 

Take a free walking tour of Bath with a local

Let the Mayor of Bath’s Honorary Guides show you the city of Bath with free daily walking tours.

Location: Bath, Somerset

 

Discover 2,000 years of history for free on a guided tour

Discover one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in England on a free Red Coat Guided Tour.

Location: Exeter, Devon

 

Rainy Day Activities: See famous works in the Royal Albert Memorial Museum

With numerous famous artworks and historical artefacts on display, the award-winning Royal Albert Memorial Museum is a must-see indoor attraction in the heart of Exeter.

Location: Exeter, Devon

 

See the gardens in bloom in Bournemouth

Head down to Bournemouth to see the extensive collection of gardens and enjoy the wide range of facilities on offer.

Location: Bournemouth, Dorset

 

Go rugged and budget in Cornwall

Newly renovated, situated on the rugged cornish coast and cheap as chips.

Location: Boscastle, Cornwall

 

Go wild camping on Dartmoor

When it comes to experiencing the unspoiled and unique environment of the wilds of Dartmoor, nothing compares to wild camping.

Location: Dartmoor, Devon

 

Cycle The Camel Trail to Bodmin Gaol

The Camel Trail provides access to the beautiful Cornish countryside along a disused railway line.

Location: Padstow to Bodmin, Cornwall

 

Majestic views at a Corfe Castle picnic

Enjoy breathtaking views at the majestic ruins of Corfe Castle in the perfect idyllic picnic spot.

Location: Corfe, Dorset

 

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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