one of the favourite holiday counties in England because of the great variety
and beauty of its scenery, which ranges from the rugged to the
pastoral. Cornwall is a long peninsula of stern granite moors,
jagged cliffs and raging seas contrast with quiet
coves, tiny villages and gentle valleys, and there are also many fascinating
relics of the past such as dolmens, stone circles, forts, and the more
recent disused tin and copper. mines and china clay works. Rent a cottage
and take in the atmosphere.
across the border from Cornwall, offers a great range of scenery
and has two coasts, although unlike those of its neighbor these are
entirely separated by the uplands of Dartmoor and Exmoor. Whether
its a quite or active holiday for young or old there is always plenty to
see and do. The tiny
villages quiet coves and gentle valleys with rich green rolling
hills sandy beaches and calm seas of Devon contrast with rugged
Cornwall. Rent a self-catering cottage in the lush countryside of Devon.
Seventy miles of fine coast line gently rolling
hills and secluded valleys
combine to make Dorset one of the most pleasant of English countries
almost unchanged since its beauties were so well described by the great
novelist Thomas Hardy, who was a native of the county.
There are also
many traces of a much older Dorset such as prehistoric barrows the
fascinating hilltop camp called Maiden Castle or the ruined Corfe Castle
which dates from Norman times. Botanists may stumble over
some of the rare plants that grow in Dorset,
while geologists will find much to interest them
in the fossils and the varied and contorted rock
strata found here.
impressive examples are the
stratified cliffs of Stair Hole at Lulworth Cove while a little way
along the cliffs is a forest of fossilized tree stumps. One
mile to the famous stands
the famous Durdle Door, a headland from which an arch has been cut in
the rock by the action of the sea. rent one of our self-catering cottage
accommodation as a base to explore all there is to see.
is often called the ‘Gateway to the West and its many charms are
conjured up by its Old English name which means ‘the land of the summer-
One of the most notable
features of the county is as large number of lovely churches. The
greatest of these is Wells Cathedral. which possesses England’s most
complete group of ecclesiastical buildings. The Early English west front
is decorated with fine sculptures.
Dunster , overlooked by
its ancient castle. is an attractive Somerset village. A yarn-market.
built in 1 589 when Dunster was an important cloth centre, still stands
in the High Street.
Porlock is equally
pleasant and boasts some lovely thatched cottages. while about a mile to
its west is Porlock Weir with its little harbour, and Porlock
Hill, one of the steepest in England. This is a good centre from which
to explore the lonely heather-clad slopes of Exmoor or. further afield,
the towering cliffs of the Cheddar Gorge. Self-Catering cottages are