Located in England’s West Country, Cornwall is the county that marks the furthest point west you can go in the UK. It is surrounded on three sides by the English Channel and the Celtic Sea, and has many miles of beaches and cliffs – making this a popular destination for those seeking a seaside holiday.
Popular sites to visit in Cornwall include the mysterious Bodmin Moor with its prehistoric remains; the Eden Project, which is home to the world’s largest greenhouse; St. Michael’s Mount, a famous tidal island; the open-air Minack Theatre and Land’s End, the small town on the very tip of the peninsula.
There’s also Tintagel Castle, a medieval fortification that has for centuries been associated with Arthurian legend as the place where King Arthur is purported to have been conceived (and born, depending on who is telling the legend). And, while you’re in Cornwall, don’t forget to try a Cornish pasty!
Being the only county that borders Cornwall, it makes sense t also visit Devon in the same trip. There are basically two different parts of Devon to experience – the coast, and the countryside. Devon’s coast has a lot more than just waves and rocks to offer – there’s the “Jurassic Coast,” a UNESCO-designated stretch of coastline with cliffs dating back 180 million years, and also a small span of seashore known as “the English Riviera.” This particular area is known for its sweeping views and ties to Agatha Christie, since many of her famous crime novels are set here.
Inland from the coast, Devon has rolling countryside for visitors to enjoy. Visit Dartmoor National Park to get a taste of some of the region’s untouched and undeveloped land and keep your eyes peeled for the wild ponies of Dartmoor.