The West Country is made up of the counties of Bristol, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset, and Sometimes Gloucestershire and Wiltshire. The encompassed area is mostly rural and the landscape is largely granite moorland, remnant towns from tin mining and fishing industries, and is most famous today for its produce of cider, clotted cream and pasties.
The West Country is dotted with West Country homes and cottages. These cottages in the West Country are an important part of West Country life and therefore for holidaymakers who seek the true West Country experience. A holiday cottage in the West Country completes any West Country holiday.
Cornwall – The Cornish wild moorland landscapes, extensive and varied coastline, mild climate and unique culture makes Cornwall a popular destination with holidaymakers. Not to mention its vibrant folk music tradition that earns it reputation for Celtic festivals.
Devon – This is the only county in West Country to have two separated coastlines. Devon is also known as Devonshire, or the Jurassic Coast, the latter because of its geology and geographical features. It is also the only natural UNESCO World Heritage Site in England.
Somerset – This county in the south-west of England has a diverse range of landscapes; from limestone karst to clay and wetlands to sandstone. It contains an extensive network of caves and underground rivers and a number of gorges.
Wiltshire - This large south western English county is landlocked and characterized by high downland and wide valleys. Wiltshire is particularly well-known for its pre-Roman archaeology. The most famous landmark is that of Stonehenge in the Sainsbury Plain.
With the many natural landscapes and historical towns, there is plenty to do in the West Country – golf is popular in the West Country, so are natural hikes, tours, water sports, family holidays and romantic escapes. Not forgetting the various West Country game fairs held throughout the counties. The West Country Carnival is the most famous, celebrated annually featuring a parade of illuminated floats.
The West Country is one of the warmest and wettest regions in the country. Temperatures near the sea generally hover around 12 degrees Celsius.
Get to the West Country by car (self-drive), rail or bus from London. Services that operate between these areas include South West Trains, First Great Western and Virgin Trains.