In the toe of the wild west of England, the long journey is well worth it for quaint seaside villages, stretches of coast and miles of cliffs. The terrain of Cornwall and Devon varies from steep cliff paths to verdant country gardens, quiet rockpools, old stone farms, and winding lanes lined by thick hedges and hugged by hand made rock walls.
Dotted throughout are the prime tourist sites of The Eden Project, open-air Minack Theatre carved into a granite cliff in Porthcurno and St Michael’s Mount. In the height of summer, there is always something happening in the colourful fishing ports of Padstow, Newlyn and Fowey.
St Ives, the strongest contender for the prettiest port award, is worth an afternoon amble. Arrive with an appetite as this is also a hotspot for fish and chips. In fact, the whole area is a foodies paradise. Local and seasonal food graces most menus and you can all but guarantee that fish has been caught within the last 24 hours.
Away from the coast, Dartmoor National Park is the largest moorland in the southwest – it is easy to find a quiet picnic corner. There is an unhurried nature to experiencing these landscapes and the peace and quiet of the park is rather humbling after days spent eating ice cream on the beach.
Thanks to artist J.M.W. Turner, who recorded every cloud and Cornish hill in his sketchbooks, the area now plays host to a thriving art scene. With galleries aplenty, local artists and exhibitions round every corner and all the scenic inspiration you could possibly ask for – it is the UK destination for holiday-makers who love to revel in all things creative.