Walk the spectacular Coastal Path, discover a range of water-based activities or simply explore the cliffs and bays, wide sandy beaches and picturesque harbours made popular in scores of films and books.
With an extensive number of beaches, beautiful fishing hamlets, tiny pebbled coves and windswept bays, it’s little wonder this region is so popular with returning visitors.
The South West Coastal Path hugs the coastline and is perfect for walkers of all levels of fitness. Its surf-ready beaches pull in water sports enthusiasts but the area’s also famous for its excellent local seafood and celebrity-owned restaurants.
Sandy coves, leisurely coastal trails, mouth-watering fresh crab sandwiches, incredible estuaries and the sunny ‘English Riviera’ – you’ll be captivated by Devon’s coastline.
With rolling hills, craggy moorland and historic cities, visitors to this region should make sure they take the scenic tour along south Devon’s shores. You’ll find a rich array of coastal towns, like Teignmouth and Kingsbridge, Dartmoor National Park, the coastal resorts of the Riviera, as well as a wide variety of coastal sports and activities.
Meanwhile, Cornwall, famed for its water sports, also offers visitors a rich array of fishing villages, scenic bays and pastel-coloured coastal towns. Enjoy painted scenes at a local art gallery, visit castles and gardens, or explore one of the smuggler’s trails.
The South West of England offers beaches, cities and countryside all in one.
Direct flights from Holland and France to Exeter and from Holland and Germany to Newquay.
Several trains per day to Exeter (3 hours), Newquay (5 hours) or Penzance (5 hours) from central London.
Many coaches leaving daily from central London to Exeter (4 1/2 hours) and onwards to Newquay (7 1/2 huors)
Daily ferries to Plymouth from Roscoff (6 - 8 hours)
Available from airports and regionally. Collections from train stations can be arranged.
Seafood landed in the South West is varied and fantastically fresh
Two of England's biggest fish markets can be found in Brixham and Plymouth, and a huge variety of seafood is landed along the coast of Devon and Cornwall - you can sample over 40 species. Perfect ocean currents off the southwest coast produce some of the best seafood in the world. Local chefs along the coast create daily specials that honour the freshest of fish. You'll be spoilt for choice.Learn More