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The South West – England’s most popular destination for family holidays

South West England, is a beautiful coastal region with unique attractions, stunning places to visit and is without doubt the home of the family holiday.

The largest region in England, the South West covers 9,200 square miles (23,800 km2)[1] and includes the counties of Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Somerset, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall, as well as the Isles of Scilly. Yet only five million people live in South West England which gives it a feeling of remoteness and tranquillity that along with the stunning and diverse scenery makes it a very popular holiday destination.

South West England is predominately rural and along with two entire National Parks (Dartmoor and Exmoor) it also includes a small part of the New Forest and Four World Heritage Sites including Stonehenge and the Jurassic Coast. The region has by far the longest coastline in England and many seaside fishing towns – no wonder it is a popular holiday destination and is especially popular for family holidays and walking holidays.

Renowned for its history, the South West region has several famous cities such as Bath, Bristol, Salisbury, Exeter, Wells and Bournemouth.

Food and Drink: The West Country is renowned for quintessentially English delicacies such as clotted cream, cider, cheddar cheese and of course Cornish Pasties.

There are so many things to see and do here – too many to name but examples such as The Eden Project in Cornwall, exotic gardens such as the Lost Gardens of Heligan, ancient castles such as Corfe Castle in Dorset and Castle Drogo in Devon, the stately home of Longleat with its Safari Park in Wiltshire, famous Cathedrals such as Salisbury Cathedral, Cheddar Gorge and Wookey Hole Caves, Glastonbury Festival in Somerset, Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, and the Roman Cities of Bath and Exeter.

Accommodation in the South West is endless with hotels, campsites, bed and breakfasts and all kind of self catering options. However, for the best of all worlds, staying in a pub with rooms or country inn offers not only super flexibility but also great food, a hearty full English breakfast, real ales, fine wines and most country pubs welcome children and dogs thus providing the perfect recipe for a great stay away.

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Walking, Cycling and Surfing Holidays:

The South West of England is a fantastic destination for Walking, Cycling and Surfing holidays.

Walking: the south west has many excellent areas for walking such as Bodmin Moor, Dartmoor, the Mendip Hills, the Quantocks, Exmoor National Park and the stunning South West Coast Path, the longest public right of way in Britain.

Cycling: The South West is perfect cycling country with the National Parks, forest trails, country lanes and coastal tracks. Disused railway tracks have been converted into family friendly cycle routes, and the “green” city of Bristol even has a dedicated speed restriction enforced for the well-being of cyclists. Here are ten cycle paths recommended by Visit England

Surfing: The South West is well known for its surf particularly in North Devon and Cornwall, beaches such as Bude, Polzeath and Croyde attract thousands of surfers year round.