The Dorset Jurassic coast offers stunning scenery, glorious walks and intriguing stories. Recognised for the global significance of its landforms and fossils its World Heritage Site status is well deserved. The dynamic cliffs and beaches, sculpted by time and weather have long given artists and authors inspiration.
There is nowhere to match the far west of Cornwall for its coastline, myths and legends and artistic heritage. Its cultural identity and long traditions of fishing and mining have shaped the landscape whilst the quality of the light and the magnetism of the sea have drawn artists and travellers in more recent times.
The English Riviera of South Devon is renowned for its sub-tropical climate, sandy beaches and healthy air. Its rich maritime and cultural heritage combined with beautiful views, excellent local food and a few local mysteries make for an excellent break by the sea.
Somerset has some of the most varied and enigmatic landscapes in England. Known for its cheese and cider and its myths, legends, folklore and even biblical connections. Dotted with unspoilt villages, quiet towns, bustling seaside resorts and the splendid, very English glory of the city of Wells, it is a surprising and charming county to visit.
The New Forest, a National Park, was once a hunting ground for Norman kings. This unique landscape retains its medieval character of wide heathlands and mature oak forests. The foresters still follow ancient farming practices that allow their ponies, the architects of the forest, to roam free all year. The ancient local towns, thatched cottages and the forest’s coastal edge make this a day of contrasts and variety.
Wessex, King Alfred’s ancient Anglo-Saxon kingdom forms the heart of southern England. A mixture of sweeping landscapes and rich farmlands, this rural area offers scenic drives, ancient monuments, picturesque villages and the beautiful cities of Bath and Salisbury.