For most tourists visiting the UK, London is the top place to go. I can see why – it’s known for being a historic and cultural hub, as well as having some of the best nightlife. And I have many European friends who tell me it’s an English language learner’s dream destination – it’s the place you’ve read about in articles and seen on TV.
However, there are many other great destinations in the UK too, one of which is the south-west of England. The most popular regions which encompass the South-West are the counties of Devon and Cornwall. They are by the coast and known for having some of the sunniest weather in the UK. You might even recognise some parts from TV shows such as Poldark or Steven Spielberg’s film War Horse. But those aren’t the only reasons to pay a visit. Here are my top four reasons for visiting the south-west of England:
1. Cream teas
The traditional English afternoon pick-me-up of scones – small, dense cakes – served with clotted cream and jam, accompanied with a pot of tea, originates from the South-West. You’ll be sure to find plenty of cafés selling these delights all over the region! Just don’t get into a debate with a local about how it should be eaten – Devonshire folk say that the cream should be spread onto the scone first and then the jam, whilst the Cornish say that it should be the other way round!
2. Dartmoor National Park
In the heart of the South-West, this national park has been voted the UK’s favourite. There are plenty of spectacular walks to choose from which will lead you to discover Dartmoor’s ancient and rugged charm!
3. Surprisingly beautiful beaches
England is not known for its beaches, but in the South-West you will find plenty of gorgeous and often deserted ones. Some examples include Whitsand Bay in Cornwall and Woolacombe beach in Devon. If you don’t mind the slightly cooler temperatures than other beach destinations in Europe, you are in for a real treat!
4. Characterful cities and picturesque villages
The South-West really has got it all! As well as being surrounded by stunning nature, it is full of urban gems. The city of Exeter in Devon has great shopping, as well as lots of quirky cafés by the quayside and a river walk to one of the city’s best-known pubs. Cornwall has its own treasures too – pretty villages and towns such as St Ives and Mousehole line the coastline, and make for the perfect locations to spend those relaxing summer afternoons!
Have you ever visited the UK? Where would you recommend or where would you like to go?