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Itinerary advice South Coast England

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We will be travelling from Canada to England June-July 2017. I grew up in England and have visited several times; last UK holiday was in 2005 for several weeks. I last visited in 2013 for family reasons.
We planned a return trip for 2017- the original plan-fly into Gatwick, drive to Canterbury, continue along the coast to Plymouth sightseeing over 2+ weeks and then return to Gatwick and go home.
We now have a family wedding to attend in Chichester on July 15 the trip will end with that event and visiting the newlyweds in Battersea after the wedding. A complication is that I have to travel to Harborne, Birmingham to visit family.
The plan is arrive Jun 27-28th to avoid school holidays and more tourists, and return home approx July 18, 3 weeks is the most we can be away. We will rent a car, and drop it at Gatwick after the wedding, then use the Gatwick express in and out of the city.
On this trip we are not planning fine dining, nightlife, shopping or extravagant accommodation. We prefer to stay in smaller towns/villages when possible. We enjoy outdoors, scenery, photography, history, caves- places that are somewhat off the beaten track. We have done many long distance road trips, and know that driving distances in England takes longer.
My DH has to go to Port Isaac, a Doc Martin fan, and Highclere Castle-Downton fan. There is no information at this time about opening days for Highclere
We would like to visit some really old interesting villages maybe places like Alfriston in East Sussex, Corfe Castle village.
Sights seen previously: Winchester, Stonehenge, Warwick Castle, Bath, Clovelly, Tintagel, Cheddar George, City of London
This is a very preliminary itinerary, places/areas we want to visit:
Kent-Canterbury, Dover Castle, Rye, Eastbourne>3-4 days
Wiltshire-Salisbury, Highclere Castle, Avebury>1-2 days
B’ham 2-3 nights
Dartmoor and vicinity> sightseeing, a walk or two>1-2 days
Port Isaac-day trip>1 day
South Devon area Dartmouth, Kingswear, Newton Abbott, Dart/Teign Valley, Totnes, Brixham, Torquay, Kents Caves >2-3 days
Drive around Lyme Bay-look at beaches along the way- Teignmouth,Beer>Chesil Beach>1-2 days
Dorchester-Shaftsbury>Cerne Abbas>Ringwood >1-2 days
New Forest > drive through, maybe a walk or two>1 day or not
Portsmouth>Chichester, Fishbourne before and/or after wedding>2-3 days
Battersea >1-2 days>home

I am going more than slightly crazy trying to create a workable plan. Maybe there are just too many choices. Any comments or suggestions would be great.

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