A Magical Land of Legends
At the western extremity of England, the counties of Devon and Cornwall encompass everything from genteel, cosy villages to vast Atlantic-facing strands of golden sand and wild expanses of granite moorland. Explore the south west of England with us and learn about Arthurian legends, Celtic kingdoms, Roman towns and wild moorlands with legendary beasts.
Winchester and Durdle Door
Leave the bustle of London behind and travel through the old kingdom of Wessex to its ancient capital – the historic city of Winchester. Having explored this fascinating old town, your tour will continue to the dramatic south Devon Coast enjoying panoramic views over white sandy beaches and the natural rock arch of Durdle Door. There will be time to explore some of the coast before arriving at the historic city of Exeter, your base for 2 nights.
Dartmoor, Tavistock and Exeter
Your morning is spent exploring the magnificent wilderness of Dartmoor, the ancient ‘Clapper Bridge’ at Postbridge and the historic market town of Tavistock, home to Sir Francis Drake. Return to Exeter in the early afternoon to explore this Roman town, with its underground passages, ancient walls, Royal Albert Memorial museum and its famous 12th century Norman Cathedral.
Boscastle, Tintagel Castle and Falmouth
Travel west into the heart of Arthurian legend country and the Celtic Kingdom of Cornwall. The day’s highlights include the ancient capital of Cornwall, Launceston with its 12th century Norman keep perched overlooking Bodmin Moor, medieval fishing village of Boscastle with its distinctive harbour and the romantic cliff top ruins of Tintagel Castle, birthplace of King Arthur. In the evening, you will travel south to the seaside University town of Falmouth for the next 2 nights.
Land’s End, Minack Theatre and St Ives
Explore the most westerly tip of England taking in the stunning cliff top village of Mousehole, the incredible Minack theatre built into the cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and the beautiful National Trust beach at Porthcurno. You will see England’s most westerly point, Land’s End before following the dramatic coast, with windswept moors and old stone Celtic communities up to the artistic haven of St. Ives.
Glastonbury and Stonehenge
This morning you say farewell to Cornwall and travel back through the Devon countryside with stops for photos and refreshments before arriving in the famous little town of Glastonbury for lunch. From here you will travel back eastwards for the final highlight – the famous Neolithic standing stone circle of Stonehenge before returning to London.
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Pictures: (1) Exeter cathedral ©Exeter City Council. (2) Minack Theatre.
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