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The West Country, England (South West)

Updated on July 31, 2014

The West Country. Southwest England. Wessex

The ancient county of Wessex in Southwest England now consists of the counties of Somerset, Devon, Dorset and Cornwall. Craggy coastlines, beautiful beaches, rolling countryside and a very mild climate make this area a favourite tourist destination for British and overseas visitors. Ancient architecture, medieval towns and intriguing myths and history, with many literary references (Daphne Du Maurier, Agatha Christie, Thomas Hardy) also add to the mysterious atmosphere of this region of England. There are many excellent restaurants including four owned and run by celebrity chef, Rick Stein, in Padstow, Cornwall.

Here are a selection of some of my favourite places in The West Country, photos, travel reviews and recommendations.

The West Country

Map of the West Country: Somerset, Devon, Cornwall and Devon

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Roman Ruins in Dorset

Roman Ruins in Dorset
Roman Ruins in Dorset


Fowey, Cornwall - One of the prettiest villages in Cornwall

Fowey is a gorgeous little village, a little off the beaten track, but well worth a visit. It is also home to the Du Maurier Festival, which celebrates the work of Daphne Du Maurier, who wrote some of her best work while living in Fowey.

Where to stay in Fowey (pronounced "Foy")

The Marina Villa Hotel in Fowey is one of the best hotels in this part of the world: Two houses opposite each other on the Esplanade in Fowey each with a few rooms. The house backing onto the harbour has wonderful views from its terrace and restaurant. The rooms are old fashioned, very comfortable and nicely finished, but the real attraction of this wonderful friendly hotel is the restaurant. Absolutely fantastic (and quite expensive when compared to the reasonably priced rooms, but worth every penny)

Marina Villa Hotel,




Daphne Du Maurier - Wrote much of her best work in Fowey, Cornwall

Devon, Southwest England

Burgh Island, South Devon

Burgh Island

Burgh Island
Burgh Island

Burgh Island

Burgh Island
Burgh Island

Dorchester, Dorset

Dorchester, Dorset
Dorchester, Dorset

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      Tony Payne 7 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Nicely done Andy. Lensrolled to my Dorset lenses.

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      julieannbrady 7 years ago

      I'd say that Burgh Island, South Devon has captured my interest today. [Note: it took me over 4 times to try and activate this guestbook. Don't understand what the snag is!]

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      Michey LM 8 years ago

      This lens if beautiful, informative and I hope, I will use the info.

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      Spook LM 8 years ago

      Beautiful pics as always.

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      Sandy Mertens 8 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Another wonder lens!