7 Night South England & Cornwall Self-Drive
Exploring the beautiful south west of England.
- 7 nights South England and Cornwall Self-Drive in ★★★ accommodation
- 1 night at Jury’s Inn Southampton or similar
- 1 night at Queens Court Hotel, Exeter or similar
- 2 nights at Penmorvah Manor, Falmouth or similar
- 2 nights at Barnstaple Hotel or similar
- 1 night at Hampton by Hilton Bristol Hotel or similar
- Breakfast daily
- 8 days Ford Focus auto or similar car hire+
DAY 1: STONEHENGE
After arrival at your airport in London or Southampton, pick up your hire car and head off in a south westerly direction through beautiful English countryside. Depending on your arrival time, you may choose to visit Stonehenge, one of the most important prehistoric sites in the world, or enjoy a walk through the medieval streets of Salisbury to admire its cathedral, and explore its many small shops, cosy pubs and tea and coffee houses. Continue your drive south west for an overnight stay in the Southampton area. Overnight: Southampton area.
DAY 2: ENGLAND’S COAST– THE JURASSIC COAST
On your way to Devon this morning, you may want to drive along the south coast and stop for photos of Lulworth Cove. This almost circular bay is part of the ‘Jurassic Coast‘, an area declared as the first UNESCO World Heritage site in England due to the large volume of fossils and geological peculiarities in the area. You also have the option to join a cruise along the Jurassic Coast, either from Poole or Swanage. Continue along the coast, your overnight is in the Exeter area tonight. Overnight: Exeter area.
DAY 3: DARTMOOR NATIONAL PARK
Today, head for the famous and wild Dartmoor National Park. The countryside is widely marked with rocky outcrops, herds of native wild Dartmoor ponies and expansive moorland. Explore the many villages with their thatched cottages and cosy tea rooms. Maybe try Devon Cream Tea; scones served with cream and jam, and a cup of tea (or coffee). Along the route, why not visit one of Cornwall’s famous gardens – Eden Project or Lost Gardens of Heligan. After a short journey, reach the attractive resort town of Falmouth for your overnight stay in this area. Overnight: Falmouth.
DAY 4: ENGLAND’S COAST – CORNWALL HIGHLIGHTS
Today enjoy a full day tour of Cornwall, known in equal measure for its folklore, wonderful coastline, pretty fishing villages and open rolling countryside. Head for St Ives, an attractive harbour town on the north Cornish coast with pretty cottages, alleyways and the renowned Tate Art Gallery. Try a Cornish pasty – a local delicacy – in one of the many pasty shops. Continue along the coast to the most south westerly tip of England to stop at Land’s End and admire the wild coastal views. Drive back along the south Cornish coast to Marazion to see the famous St Michael’s Mount, located on a small island not far from the seashore and reachable by foot during low tide. Overnight: Falmouth.
DAY 5: ENGLAND’S COAST – NORTH CORNWALL HIGHLIGHTS
Head up north, to follow the scenic north coast of Devon and Cornwall. If you do, you may want to stop to explore Padstow, a town famous for its food, especially fish & chips. Continue to Tintagel Castle where, according to legend, King Arthur was conceived. Take in the spectacular Cornish coastal views from here and maybe enjoy a bracing walk along the coastal path. For a change of scenery, head inland to cross Bodmin Moor, where you have the option to stop and visit the majestic Lanhydrock House, a wonderful manor house surrounded by beautifully maintained gardens. Overnight: Barnstaple area.
DAY 6: ENGLAND’S COAST – NORTH DEVON AND EXMOOR NATIONAL PARK
Today is free to explore the north Devon Coast. Head west along the coast to Clovelly, a pretty fishing village clinging to the side of a cliff. Cars are not allowed on the steep cobbled streets, only donkeys and sledges. Or you may choose to head east and explore Exmoor National Park, famous for its ponies, dramatic moor scenery and seaside towns. Overnight: Barnstaple area.
DAY 7: DEVON TO SOMERSET
Leave Devon and drive north to cross into Somerset. Here you can drive through Britain’s biggest gorge with stunning views and dramatic cliffs rising up on either side of the narrow road. Cheddar Gorge is known for its cheese, which is stored in some of the many caves in the area, and you can stop in the village of Cheddar to try some of the cheese. Close by you will find Glastonbury, a town known for its large music festival, but it also has a long and fascinating history, full of myths and legends. The area of Somerset is known for its cider production, and you can choose to experience the production first hand at a Cider Farm. Travel on to Bath, one of the finest cities in Europe and a UNESCO World Heritage site. If time allows, you may choose to visit the Roman Baths, a source of spring water for over 2000 years and now an award-winning visitor attraction. Overnight: Bath / Bristol area.
DAY 8: BRISTOL TO LONDON
Depart Bristol area for medieval Lacock, a very picturesque village with a pretty abbey which featured in many scenes during the first two Harry Potter films as Hogwarts School and has also been a film set for some of Jane Austen’s novels. Continue through the idyllic scenery of the Cotswolds. This is a charming region with its soft rolling hills, picturesque villages of honey-coloured stone cottages, medieval churches and green fields surrounded by old stone walls. You may choose to stop in for example Castle Combe, one of the prettiest villages in England. Return to your London or Southampton airport to return your car and board your flight home.
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31 Oct 22,
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