BEST Small Hotels in South-West England
Reasons to visit South-West England
The South-West peninsula is dominated by it's coastline and moors. That's hardly surprising given the huge length of the coast and the three large yet quite distinct moors, but to stop at that would be to miss so much. There are cities such as Exeter and Bath, and the rolling green hills and wooded valleys seem to go on forever.
Starting in the far west, Cornwall is a land of legend, spectacular cliffs, sandy beaches, quaint fishing villages and two millenia of history in the the remnants of the once-mighty Cornish tin-mining industry.
Crossing the Tamar, Devon gives us yet more wonderful beaches and mighty cliffs. It also gives us the most westerly city in the Roman Empire, and parts of the Roman walls and underground passages remain to be explored by visitors. There's also a historic quayside and a glorious mediaeval cathedral. Dartmoor and Exmoor are great for country-lovers and Devon is of course the home of cider and cream teas.
The more mellow corner of East Devon blends smoothly into Dorset, with picturesque towns and villages and the famous Jurassic Coast.
Somerset gives us cities like Bath, Wells and Bristol as well as the famously spiritual town of Glastonbury. While the Somerset Levels are strikingly flat, Exmoor is anything but, and the Mendip Hills are not just beautiful but also the site of the biggest and best show caves in Britain at Cheddar.
For really keen walkers, the South-West Coastal Path runs for 630 miles from Minehead in Somerset, via Land's End, to Poole in Dorset.