Sheridans Guides to Great Britan & Ireland

The West Country

The South Western peninsula of the British Isles stretches out into the Atlantic from the soft hills and gentle valleys of Wiltshire to the soaring cliffs and picturesque fishing villages of Cornwall.

An area to offer everything to everyone, great historical houses, the wide open uplands of Exmoor and Dartmoor, Cheddar Gorge in the limestone Mendip Hills, the tropical gardens of Tresco in the Isles of Scilly, the legend and romance of King Arthur of Camelot's Tintagel Castle in Cornwall, the naturally hot Roman Baths in the Georgian city of Bath, to the ancient mystery of the circle of Stonehenge.

Over 1000 km of wonderfully varied coastline offering long sandy beaches, exciting surfing, dramatic seascapes and gentle estuaries. A mecca for boating enthusiasts with numerous marinas and gentle secluded anchorages. With famous museums from Bath to Exeter, classic gardens from Stourhead in Wiltshire to Tresco in the Scilly Isles, theme and wildlife parks from Longleat to Flambards in Cornwall, there is a wealth of attractions to be explored by the family and individual.