Your Tour Options In The West
Bath to Barnstaple
Touring route 1 on the map
Barnstaple to Penzance and Land’s End
Touring route 2 on the map
Barnstaple to Exeter
Touring route 3 on the map
Penzance to Plymouth
Touring route 4 on the map
Plymouth to Exeter
Touring routes 5 and 5A on the map
Exeter To Salisbury
Touring route 6 on the map
Exeter to Dorchester
Touring routes 7 and 7A on the map
Dorchester to Salisbury
Touring routes 8 and 8A on the map
Dorchester to London
Touring route 9 on the map
The west country – mostly Devon and Cornwall – is one of Britain’s most popular destinations for tourists and Brits alike. And for good reason. The climate, the dramatic scenery, the history.
The climate is sub-tropical, which explains why the British are keen to get down there. A mite too keen on holiday weekends . . . that’s not a good time to visit. Let them have it all to themselves, tens of thousands of themselves.
The scenery – magnificent coastlines, inland a scenic salad of wild moorland, rolling hills and deeply-cut river valleys.
The history – smugglers and miners in constant conflict with the local gentry. Great houses, mine workings active and worked out, gardens revelling in the warmth of a balmy Atlantic current just offshore.
On the north coast are sandy beaches, precipitous cliffs dotted with little villages. Move inland and you have the dark, brooding presence of Dartmoor, home to one of England’s most fearsome prisons but also to an amazing variety of wild life.
The south coast is so different – palm trees and subtropical flowers flourish under the eaves of the rocky, granite uplands of Dartmoor.
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