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South West, South Devon & Cornwall highlights

During this idyllic seven day tour you’ll visit the impressive Powderham Castle, the world famous Eden Project, The Tate St. Ives art gallery and can discover the legend of King Arthur at Tintagel Castle. 

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Day 1

Teignmouth and Torbay

Starting from Exeter, cycle along the Exeter Canal or drive to Powderham Castle, the home of the Courtenay family for more than 600 years. 

Take a scenic coastal drive stopping at Dawlish for lunch and then spend the afternoon in Teignmouth where you could try paddle-boarding! 

Alternatively go on to Torbay where you can explore Brixham harbour or visit Kent’s Cavern. 

Overnight in Torquay.

Day 2

Kingsbridge, Dartmouth and Salcombe

Driving through some of the most beautiful Devonshire scenery, visit Dartmouth Castle, a historic fortress with stunning views along the estuary.

 Have lunch in one of Salcombe’s restaurants specialising in fresh fish with sea views. Then go on to the National Trust’s Overbecks Gardens – a hidden paradise of subtropical gardens and quirky collections and perhaps indulge in a Devonshire cream tea. 

Overnight in Kingsbridge or Salcombe. 

Day 3

Eden Project

Spend the day at the Eden project, a world famous dramatic global garden housed in tropical biomes and the largest indoor rainforest in the world.  

Overnight in St Ives.

Day 4

North Cornwall

Enjoy the morning in pretty St Ives visiting the internationally renowned Tate St Ives and the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden. 

Then drive along the spectacular North Cornwall coast stopping at the National Trust’s dramatic Bedruthan Steps for a coastal walk. End your day in the delightful fishing town of Padstow, famous for its celebrity chef, Rick Stein.  

Overnight in Padstow. 

Day 5

Tintagel into North Devon

Explore the history, myths and stunning scenery of Tintagel Castle, linked with the legend of King Arthur. 

Head north into Devon and the unique village of Clovelly where picturesque houses line the steep cobbled street winding down to a pretty fishing harbour. Visit Braunton Burrows, England’s largest sand dune system and then watch or join surfers in action on one of North Devon’s unspoilt beaches at Saunton Sands, Croyde Bay or Woolacombe. 

Overnight in Ilfracombe or Barnstaple. 

Day 6

Exmoor Coast

Spend today exploring the wilderness coast of Exmoor National Park, where romantic moors and wooded valleys dramatically meet the sea. 

Start in the village of Combe Martin with the option of climbing Great Hangman, the highest sea cliff in England. Enjoy the Valley of the Rocks on route to the twin towns of Lynton and Lynmouth steeped in Victorian history and connected by a water- powered cliff railway. 

Visit pretty Porlock Weir before travelling to Minehead for the night. 

Day 7

Somerset Coast

Take a trip on the West Somerset Railway from Minehead to the ancient harbour town of Watchet.  

Marvel at the spectacular limestone rock formations at Kilve before venturing on to Burnham and its unusual lighthouse on stilts. 

Enjoy the towering coastal peninsula of Brean Down and nearby extensive beaches before onwards travel via Bristol or Exeter.  

7 days, 6 nights 
Arrival and departure point: Exeter 
Daily flights to Exeter from Holland and France and from Germany with a stopover 
Two trains an hour from London (3hrs) 
Several coaches a day from central London (4hrs30) 
Ferry from Roscoff to Plymouth, 1hr drive from Exeter