Tour 1 – South of England at a glance

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This tour is a comprehensive beginner’s tour to discover as much of southern England as possible:

South England at a glance

South England can be reached directly via London airports – mostly it will be Heathrow Airport, sometimes also Gatwick Airport in the South. Low-cost airlines will be used to get to Luton or other airports further aground, but since you need a rental car for this trip anyway, it’s not so crucial.

We head south straight to the coast to East Sussex, to Eastbourne with its pier. Right next to it, the rocks are already rising and Beachy Head is definitely worth a stir. Via Birling Gap you can get to the fantastic chalk cliffs of the Seven Sisters. With a short detour over the adorable Alfriston, the once glamorous Brighton with its tiny “lanes” is reached.

We leave the south coast and drive across the country. Via Salisbury, you go to the famous Stourhead Garden and to Wells where we find the famous Wells cathedral with its double arch.

After this long journey we now enjoy the magnificent landscape of the Exmoor, which reaches to the coast of the Bristol Channel. Here we visit adorable places such as Dunster with its impressive castle, the picturesque Selworthy with its tea room, the unspectacularly but beautiful town of Porlock with its port Porlock Weir, enjoy the sunset in Bossington on the beach and finally reach the double town of Lynton & Lynmouth with its historic Cliff Railway. Railway enthusiasts should visit the short Lynton & Barnstaple Railway and don’t forget to hike the Valley of Rocks.

Leaving the Exmoor, the journey leads to the steeply built fishing village of Clovelly and for garden lovers to the Rosemoor Garden.

A longer ride takes us south, deep into Cornwall. In addition to some coastal towns, it is the incomparable landscaped gardens of Enys Garden, Trebah and especially the Lost Gardens of Heligan, which are worth more than one visit and for which you should definitely take enough time (even if you should not be a garden fan until now!).
Other tiny fishing villages such as Mullion Cove or Cadgwith should not be left out, as should the glamorous St. Ives. Passing St. Michael’s Mount (that’s the English brother of the French Mount St. Michel) we come to the small Mousehole (pronounced “Mousel”) on the coast, before we drive north again via Porthreath.

It will be a longer drive across the unexpectedly deep Lydford Gorge into the legendary Dartmoor with its dark stories and even more impressive scenery. If you have the time, you should make the small hike to “Whistman’s Wood”. Passing the Haytor, perhaps the most famous rock, we head to the nearest big city, Exeter. A visit to the Exeter cathedral is highly recommended, as is the old harbour on the river. Via Shaftesbury with its famous “Gold Hill” we return to London and the airport.

For this trip you should calculate at least 12 days.

We wish you a lot of fun travelling and experiencing yourself!

 

Here are some of the places along the route:

  • London (Airport)

    London from above

    London from above

  • Eastbourne, East Sussex, England

    Eastbourne, East Sussex

    Eastbourne, East Sussex, England

  • Beachy Head, East Sussex, England

    Beachy Head, East Sussex, England

    Beachy Head, East Sussex, England

  • Birling Gap, East Sussex, England

    Birling Gap on the chalk cliffs of East Sussex

    Birling Gap on the chalk cliffs of East Sussex

  • Seven Sisters, East Sussex, England

    The White Chalk Rocks of the Seven Sisters

    The white chalk cliffs of the Seven Sisters

  • Alfriston, East Sussex, England

    Pub in Alfriston, East Sussex

    Pub in Alfriston ,East Sussex, England

  • Salibsury, Wiltshire, England

    Salisbury, Wiltshire, England

    Salibsury, Wiltshire, England

  • Stourhead Garden, Wiltshire, England

    Stourhead Garden, Wiltshire, England

    Stourhead Garden, Wiltshire, England

  • Wells, Wiltshire, England

    Wells, Wiltshire, England

    Wells, Wiltshire, England

  • Dunster, Somerset, England

    Dunster, Somerset, England

    Dunster, Somerset, England

  • Selworthy, Somerset, England

    Selworthy in Exmoor, Somerset

    Selworthy, Somerset, England

  • Bossington, Somerset, England

    Bossington, Somerset, England

    Bossington, Somerset, England

  • Porlock, Somerset, England

    Porlock, Somerset, England

    Porlock, Somerset, England

  • Lynton/Lynmouth, Devon, England

    Lynton/Lynmouth, Devon, England

    Lynton/Lynmouth, Devon, England

  • Clovelly, Devon, England

    Clovelly in Devon

    Clovelly, Devon, England

  • Roseland Peninsula, Cornwall, England

    Roseland Peninsula, Cornwall, England

    Roseland Peninsula, Cornwall, England

  • Enys Gardens, Cornwall, England

    Enys Gardens, Cornwall, England

    Enys Gardens, Cornwall, England

  • Trebah Garden, Cornwall, England

    Trebah Garden, Cornwall, England

    Trebah Garden, Cornwall, England

  • The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Cornwall, England

    Lost Gardens of Heligan

    The Mud Maid in the Lost Gardens of Heligan, Cornwall, England

  • Cadgwith, Cornwall, England

    Cadgwith, Cornwall, England

    Cadgwith, Cornwall, England

  • Lizard Peninsula, Cornwall, England

    Lizard Peninsula, Cornwall, England

    Lizard Peninsula, Cornwall, England

  • Mullion Cove, Cornwall, England

    Mullion Cove, Cornwall, England

    Mullion Cove, Cornwall, England

  • Mousehole, Cornwall, England

    Mousehole, Cornwall, England

    Mousehole in Mousehole, Cornwall, England

  • Porthreath, Cornwall, England

    Porthreath, Cornwall, England

    Porthreath, Cornwall, England

  • Lydford Gorge, Devon, England

    Lydford Gorge, Devon, England

    Lydford Gorge, Devon, England

  • Dartmoor, Devon, England

    Dartmoor, Devon, England

    Dartmoor, Devon, England

  • Exeter, Devon, England

    Exeter, Devon, England

    Exeter, Devon, England

  • Shaftesbury, Dorset, England

    Gold Hill in Shaftesbury, Dorset, England

    Gold Hill in Shaftesbury, Dorset, England

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