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The West Country Travel Guide

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Plan Your West Country Vacation

England's West Country is a land of granite promontories, windswept moors, hideaway hamlets, and—above all—the sea. Leafy, narrow country roads lead through miles of buttercup meadows and cider-apple orchards to heathery heights and mellow villages. With their secluded beaches and dreamy backwaters, Somerset, Devon, and Cornwall can be some of England's most relaxing regions to


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Top Reasons To Go

  1. A coastal walk For high, dramatic cliff scenery, choose the Exmoor coast around Lynmouth or the coast around Tintagel. The South West Coast Path is 630 miles long.
  2. Riding or hiking on Dartmoor Escape to southern England's greatest wilderness—a treeless expanse dotted with rocky outcrops; there are many organized walks and pony-trekking operations.
  3. Seafood in Padstow Celebrity chef Rick Stein rules the roost in this small, pretty Cornish port, and any of his establishments will strongly satisfy.
  4. Tate St. Ives There's nowhere better to absorb the local arts scene than this offshoot of London's Tate in the pretty seaside town of St. Ives. A rooftop café claims views over Porthmeor Beach.
  5. A visit to Eden It's worth the journey west for Cornwall's Eden Project alone a wonderland of plant life in a former clay pit. Two gigantic geodesic "biomes" are filled with flora.
  6. Wells Cathedral A perfect example of medieval craftsmanship, the building is a stunning spectacle.

When To Go

When to Go

In July and August, traffic chokes the roads leading into the West Country. Somehow the region squeezes in all the "grockles," or tourists, and ...

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