With a mesmerising blend of scenic countryside, beautiful coastal paths and quaint villages, the South West of England is a paradise for nature lovers, walkers and for those wanting a relaxing and memorable break.
As the area has so many great sites, walks, activities and highlights, knowing where to head to in the South West for a day out can be difficult. To help you decide, take a look at some of the attractions in the South West.
The Golden Hind Museum Ship, Brixham, Devon
There is no better place to take a look back at the history of England, than at the Golden Hind Museum Ship. It was at this very port in Brixham, Devon in 1577 when Sir Francis Drake embarked on the most fascinating feat ever accomplished at the time; sailing around the world. Docked at the harbour is a full-sized replica of the Golden Hind, the ship Sir Francis Drake captained during his epic voyage.
You can explore the decks and imagine some of the hardships the crew of 80 faced, whilst learning about the treasure and discoveries they made. Visitors can enjoy a stroll along the stunning harbour of this quaint and charming fishing village. Alternatively you may wish to enjoy one of the boat trips on offer; a perfect way to enjoy the English Riviera. This is a truly great way to spend a day not only relaxing and enjoying yourself, but also a fun way to learn a little bit about the history of our country.
Surfing in Cornwall
With its warmer climate, good swells and great beaches, Cornwall is the UK’s best destination for surfing. Fistral Beach in Newquay has been one of the most popular places to surf for many years. Not only suited to surfing experts, the beaches of Cornwall are a great place to learn how to surf. There are numerous surf schools along this stunning coastline with those on the north coast having the greatest exposure to the Atlantic swells. Some of the UK’s top coaches work in centres near Newquay, ensuring that you’ll be in safe hands whilst having fun at the same time!
The South West Coast Path National Trail
When it comes to attractions in the South West, a walk along the South West Coast Path National Trail could be described as being ‘unsurpassable,’ and is one of the top walks in the world.
Walk along 630 miles of coastline and marvel at some of the most stunning, exhilarating and diverse countryside in England. Starting at Minehead in Somerset, this magnificent route continues through Devon and Cornwall until it reaches Poole Harbour in Dorset. Whether you are looking for a short stroll by the sea or wish to embark upon the challenge of completing the whole route, you will be exploring some of the most beautiful scenery in the country. As well as the stunning views, wildlife, geography and heritage this truly inspirational landscape offers – you can also experience some of the friendliest welcomes in the country, with accommodation of every type being found along the route. Visit http://www.southwestcoastpath.com/ for further information and contact details for accommodation.
We have only scraped the tip of the iceberg with this list. There are many more exciting attractions in the South West, some of which have not even been documented. What is left is for you to explore and share your story.
If you are heading to the South West of England, why not pick up the Devon, Cornwall & West Somerset A-Z Visitors’ Atlas, the perfect travelling companion!