VISIT THE WEST COUNTRY
CORNWALL and DEVON have been recognised as Britains top holiday destinations.
At the British Travel Awards, voted for by travelling consumers, and acknowledged as the largest indicator of public opinion on travel industry performance in the UK, bestowed the title on Cornwall.
More than 20% of the best holiday destination category votes were cast in Cornwall’s favour, putting it ahead of last year’s winner, the Lake District, and reclaiming the title the county held in 2006.
Constantine Beach Cornwall.
HOLIDAYS IN THE WEST COUNTRYHolidays in the West Country. I can fully recommend taking a holiday in the South West of England,view the many cottages and holiday sites on display for their fantastic rates.
Having holidays abroad can be sometimes cheaper but you don’t know what you are missing. We have beaches with weird and wonderful pebbles and others with golden sands, with over two hundred miles of coast there is endless choice.
Each season brings its own special charm, the sea in her many moods, sparkling and calm on a balmy summers day or wild and wonderful in the stormy season.
MAJOR SHOPPING CITIESThe three major shopping cities are Exeter, Plymouth and Truro. Both Exeter and Plymouth have had new shopping centres built recently, but places that I enjoy are Totnes and Tavistock they have much to offer with local shops and markets full of unique character.
Summer holidays are great, I am fortunate to live here all year round, but I can fully recommend a Winter break, the prices of accommodation are so much cheaper in the winter months, the weather can be really magnificent, you may see some spectacular storms or some really warm and sunny days.
DEVONIn Devon we have Plymouth with the amazing Plymouth Sound, what a view from Plymouth Hoe with Drake's Island sitting guarding the mouth of the River Tamar.
DARTMOOR NATIONAL PARKHeading north we have one of my favourites, rugged Dartmoor National Park with miles and miles of rolling moorland sometimes dressed in a beautiful gown of purple heather or canary yellow gorse, with panoramic views for miles around and a vast expanse of open sky.
The word Dartmoor conjures up many things to many people. Some think of ponies and cream teas, others picture vast tracts of wilderness and bottomless bogs. It is 368 square miles of pure intrigue and fascination, it's an addictive place and once you have fallen under its spell you will never want to be parted from it.
THE SOUTH HAMS
Why not visit the beautiful South Hams, Newton Ferrers and Noss Mayo are among the most attractive villages in Devon.
The twin villages of Newton Ferrers and Noss Mayo lie either side of the Yealm Estuary. Here you can see visiting yachtsmen and locals enjoying the sheltered river with their boats.
BURGH ISLAND BIGBURYTravelling eastwards you suddenly come upon a jewel, situated off the South Devon coast: Bigbury on Sea with Burgh Island set on a tidal island off the coast it is privately owned, and is an attraction for holiday makers and coastal walkers. There is a pub and hotel on the island which is only accessible by foot during low water. Noel Coward, Josephine Baker and Agatha Christie are among the 1930s celebrity’s who retreated to the calm of Burgh Island Hotel.
SALCOMBESalcombe for all you yachties, the golden beaches of Blackpool Sands and East Portlemouth.
DARTMOUTH and TOTNESContinuing eastwards we have Dartmouth and Totnes both have markets on a Friday.
On to the Devon Riviera - Brixham, Paignton and Torquay three wonderful holiday destinations.
EXETERExeter is a University city with a vibrant shopping centre full of character and ancient history.
BEEROne of my favourites is Beer a quaint Devon fishing village. Once a smugglers haven, set in one of the most sheltered positions on the Devon coast, Beer is a natural suntrap with amazing views across the bay. The beach at Beer, and the waters in the bay are very sheltered. Beer has a small stream which follows the line of the pavement running through Beer's gently sloping streets across the beach to the sea.
LYME REGISNext stop along the South Coast is Lyme Regis. which is an historic unspoiled seaside resort and fishing port on the world famous Cobb harbour. Surrounded by beautiful coastlines and countryside, the area has now been awarded World Heritage Site Status; famous for its geology and fossil finds.
CORNWALLRetracing our steps and heading West we enter Cornwall across The Tamar Bridge or The Royal Albert Bridge both spanning the River Tamar at Saltash.
The National Trust property Cotehele House nr.Saltash. This is a gorgeous house and gardens on the banks of the River Tamar in Cornwall.
SOUTH EAST CORNWALLSouth East Cornwall you have the Rame Peninsula the” Forgotten Corner.” which has two delightful old fishing villages, not that there is much fishing done now. Kingsand and Cawsand are very quaint and peaceful havens.
Cornwall's channel coast with its many old fishing villages like Looe and Polperro.Fowey which has a unique unspoilt charm. The Medieval and Tudor cottages, narrow steep winding streets with glimpses of the shimmering river below, busy with yachts and boats and the quays bustling with life, hold a special fascination for visitors of all ages.
MEVAGISSYMevagissy just 5 miles from St Austell and the Eden Project, making it an ideal base from which to explore this beautiful county. It is a small, unspoilt fishing village with a colourful history of boat building and smuggling, which still retains its traditional character.
TRUROInland finds Truro an enjoyable place for shopping it has many types of quality shops much different to the normal big towns with their duplicated shopping malls.
THE LIZARDThe Lizard with its small cottages, thatched and whitewashed, cluster around tiny harbours. Colourful fishing boats, pulled up on the beach, bear testimony to the fact that these small communities still depend largely on the sea for their livelihood. Winter is a quiet time here. The fishermen’s choirs sing in their local pubs, and the harbours are decorated with lights and lanterns for Christmas.
TIP OF CORNWALLOn down to the Tip of Cornwall we have Marazion with the mystical St Michael’s Mount,Penzance, Newlyn, Mousehole. In July 1595 the village of Mousehole was attacked by a Spanish raiding party.The whole village was burnt to the ground except the house of Squire Keigwins, who lost his life defending it. Mousehole was a busy fishing village noted for its pilchards.
Next we have Lands End the most westerly point in mainland England it has rugged wave lashed cliffs, stunning views, the Longships Lighthouse and Wolf Rock off shore, the Isles of Scilly in the distance.
CORNISH ATLANTIC COASTThen up the Cornish Atlantic Coast for the surfers with its surging surf and rugged cliff faces.
Heading northwards along the Cornish Atlantic Coast a surfers heaven, there are numourous places to visit, but my favourites are Trevone, Constantine Bay and Widemouth Bay.
NORTH DEVONOn to North Devon we have Croyde Bay and Woolacombe, its beach has been voted one of Britain's best and lies between Morte Point and Baggy Point. This three-mile long stretch of golden sand has won both the blue flag and Premier Seaside Beach awards for it's cleanliness, water quality and facilities. Life guards ensure safe family swimming during the summer and surfers come from all over the country to enjoy the great waves and clean water. Around the corner we have the old fishing village of Clovelly a steep cobbled main street down to the seashore.
BATHUp into Somerset is Bath, I love to go there out of season. It is a unique city; its hot springs, Roman Baths, splendid Abbey and Georgian stone crescents have attracted visitors for centuries. Set in rolling Somerset countryside, just over 100 miles west of London, it is a beautiful and unforgettable place to visit.
The Pulteney Bridge Bath.