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England Travel Guide

West Country

The West Country or South West of England is a marvelous region, contrasting its fascinating landscapes and its golden and sandy beaches around the large coastline with the richness of the history and heritage of each town that comprises this amazing part of the country. The West Country region comprises Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire, each of them offering something different for everyone with its own peculiarities.

One of the region main features is its fine weather that combined with miles of fabulous coast line have made of the South West a very popular holiday destination, also offers from picturesque villages to vast golden sandy beaches. The region is mainly dominated by stirring landscapes being the major attractions the wilderness of Dartmoor in Cornwall and the moorland of Exmoor in Somerset.

The region also homes numerous Iron Age forts as Stonehenge and the mysterious Avebury Stone Circles both located in Wiltshire, as well as sites such as Cheddar Gorge, Glastonbury Tor, and the Jurassic Coast with its renowned fossils remains.

The county of Somerset is one of the most beautiful places in the country with a mix of countryside, coastline and hills, boasting exciting places like the Exmoor National Park, home of a great variety and inspiring landscapes, the rare and unique Exmoor pony and of the red deer. The county town of Taunton offers beautiful views of the countryside and excellent shopping and leisure facilities. The thriving small town of Glastonbury famous for its international pop festival, “Glastonbury Festival” is also home of one of the finest Abbeys in England, Glastonbury Abbey. The unique “Cheddar Gorge”, Britain’s largest gorge in Cheddar City. Somerset also is home to the smallest city in England Wells, nestling in the Mendip Hills has a spectacular cathedral in the centre, which is one of the most beautiful cathedrals in England.

Avon mainly as an agricultural area is home of Bristol, a lively city proud of its heritage. Bristol is well known for its maritime heritage and for the stunning views that offers from Clifton Suspension Bridge.

Cornwall, a historic town and place of the legends and associated to King Arthur, boats of amazing coastal scenery and popular holiday resorts, that makes of it a great holiday destination for all the family, as well as a great place to enjoy of a wide range of activities such as surfing, sailing and windsurfing. Cornwall also is home of the Dartmoor National Park an excellent rugged moorland with wooded valleys and wind swept Tors.

Other worth exploring places in the region is undoubtedly Devon, with its glorious coastline, fabulous surfing beaches and hidden coves Devon is a great place for sunbathers, surfers and families. Its maritime history shows the importance of this part of the region as a one the busiest ports in England.

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