Welcome to the wild south-west
England is full of amazing sights to see, and it is probably on many people’s wish lists of places to visit. Despite that, there are certainly parts of the country which are simply stunning in terms of natural beauty, and one of those parts, if not the part, is the rugged south-west, namely Devon and Cornwall
Now, you might have a few pre-conceived images that pop into your head – King Arthur anyone? Tintagel? Land’s End? Yes, these are all part of the history and culture of this part of the world, but perhaps one of the most famous things the south west region of Devon and Cornwall is known for is surfing.
If you needed a few pointers on just what this beautiful area is famous for, check out this handy reminder to your left, produced by Blue Chip Holidays.
Additionally, you might have heard of Newquay, world-renowned in surfing circles, and Fistral Beach is certainly where it’s at. If you’re looking to catch your own surfer dude, this is where you need to be heading! Surfing festivals full of serious pros head to the wild Atlantic shores of this Cornish holiday resort, which in itself is a wonderful place to visit. Newquay was one of my first childhood holiday destinations, and somewhere I still love to visit to this day.
It’s not all surfing however, because the great thing about Devon and Cornwall is that it’s small enough to explore. Hire a car, jump on the train, however you choose to do it, you can see more incredible beaches, quaint coastal resorts, such as picturesque St Ives, evidence of the former mining industry, the historic Jamaica Inn, as well as finding a quaint café to enjoy a calorie-laden cream team, or heading to Land’s End and having that famous photograph taken, showing you how many miles it is back to your home town.
There are plentiful reasons to visit Devon and Cornwall, but the beauty of the area has to be the main one. For families wanting summer fun, you will find countless holiday resorts around this area, including large caravan parks with fantastic facilities, campsites for a spot of the great outdoors, family run B&Bs, and larger hotels in the main towns.
For couples or groups who want to get out and explore, you’ll find plentiful walking routes, including some seriously dramatic views from cliff top walks, as well as days out to larger towns like Torquay, visiting the zoo at Paignton, or a spot of city shopping in nearby Plymouth.
As you can see, a visit to the English Riviera is action-packed, wildly beautiful, and seriously dramatic, whether you choose to learn how to surf or not!