IT’S HARD TO IMAGINE THAT
ONE REGION COULD HAVE
SO MANY CONTRASTS and that in
even the most hectic of cities, the sheer beauty of the west-
country can force you to relax.
CORNWALL offers more miles of unspoilt coastline than
anywhere else in Britain. It’s vibrant image is the result of a rich
history and culture that still lives and breathes through the sites
and scenery scattered throughout the county such as stone
circles, castles and remains of iron-age villages. Release the
artist within you and fall in love with the light and landscape that
BRISTOL’S character and charm of its maritime past still
the far end of England’s south-west peninsula has to offer. remains today and is used mainly for leisure and recreation.
Cornwall has a wealth of small gallery’s and art cafes to pass the Bristol will cater for your every need with an array of new and
time away – that’s if you’re not too busy surfing! old shopping areas, arts and museums, green spaces and
parklife and for the adventurous, you can go rock climbing in the
DEVON benefits from having two very different coastlines, in Avon Gorge, paddle through the harbour or mountain bike
the north you will find dramatic, rugged headlands and surf- through Ashton Court Estate.
washed sands whilst in the south, you can enjoy golden coasts,
white pebbled beaches and sheltered bays. There are many
BATH is home to the Thermae Bath Spa, the only place in the
reasons to visit Devon and one of the most popular is to sample UK where you can bathe in natural hot waters. The World
the traditional Devon cream tea or to enjoy a fresh seafood Heritage Site of Bath is one the most stunning places in Britain
platter – Devon is as famous for its culinary delights as it is for with some of the most famous architectural masterpieces in
its magnificent coastline. Europe such as the Roman Baths & Pump Room, Royal
Crescent, Bath Abbey and Pulteney Bridge.
SOMERSET is a land of contrasts, from the 40
miles of coastline and the popular seaside resorts of Well WILTSHIRE unites the districts of Kennet, West
Minehead and Burnham-on-Sea, to the smallest Wilts, North Wilts, Salisbury and South Wilts with
city in England, Wells and the legends that
known for the Borough of Swindon. With a population of
surround Exmoor and Glastonbury. A haven for Cheddar cheese, nearly 430,000, much of the county is
explorers, South Somerset has over 1,100 designated as an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural
miles of paths and tracks to lose yourself in!
cream teas and cidar, Beauty’. The mystical force that surrounds the
world-famous Stonehenge can sometimes
DORSET is home to the World Heritage
the South West is overshadow the sheer beauty of this area.
Site of the Jurassic Coast and its fossils dating England’s largest
back more than 190 million years. With seven
GLOUCESTERSHIRE is the ideal place to
miles of golden beaches, parks and gardens,
region visit at any time of the year. Covering most of the
Bournemouth is Dorset’s little gem, combining Cotswolds, the ancient Forest of Dean and the Vale of
traditional splendour with modern facilities. From historic the River Severn, long summer days can be enjoyed
market towns such as the County town of Dorchester, to seaside kayaking or 4x4 racing, or drinking in one of the many lively
fun, dramatic cliffs and sweeping beaches, West Dorset truly pubs and in Winter, cosy restaurants with log fires and
offers something for everyone! magnificent cathedrals are more than welcoming.
Gold Hill, Shaftesbury is one of the most photographed and famous streets in Dorset
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