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Village of Boscastle, Cornwall

Many call into the the little village of Boscastle whilst en route to well-known attractions such as Tintagel Castle. If time is on your side, do try to plan a visit as you will discover what a pleasant place it is to explore. The harbour is one of Cornwall’s most romantic places for couples to enjoy and it is steeped in history, associated with authors and artists who have been inspired by its remoteness and rugged beauty. The views from the cliff path are truly breathtaking and the whole town is dog friendly.

Barford Icecream Garden, Wimborne

What’s not to love about eating great ice cream in tranquil gardens? Hidden deep in the Dorset countryside, Barford Ice Cream Garden is surrounded by many beautiful walks and gardens. Having taken in the surroundings and enjoyed a peaceful picnic or read of your book, you can head to the Ice Cream Shop for a tasty treat. There are a huge range of delicious flavours of ice cream on offer and if you find one you simply cannot get enough of, take a litre tub home to enjoy later – it might be a good idea to bring a freezer bag.

St Mary’s Church, Fairford

If you are ever travelling through the beautiful Cotswold’s then St Mary’s Church is a superb place to visit. Deemed ‘unmissable’ by those who have had the pleasure of visiting, the church has a unique collection of medieval glass, with every single pane having been glazed with the most magnificent stained glass. Run by helpful and knowledgeable volunteers, this ‘shrunken cathedral’ is a must see. It also has an audio tour featuring comments from celebrity Joanna Lumley.

Sydney Gardens, Bath

Situated at the end of Great Pulteney Street, Sydney Gardens is Bath’s oldest park. It became very popular towards the end of the 18th century and was frequently visited by members of the Royal family. In today’s age, the park contains fine trees, shrubberies, lawns and flower beds, tennis courts and a children’s play area and is popular for its bridge views of the railway line for spotting trains. The Kennet and Avon Canal also runs through the park. It has wide paths which are ideal for cyclists. There are also plenty of perfect spots for picnicing, but make sure the wildlife don’t pinch your lunch!

Bellever Forest, Dartmoor

Whether you are looking for an exhilarating walk or a gentle wander through the forest, picturesque Bellever can cater for every ability. There are plenty of marked walking trails to choose from, or you can join the historic bridleway, The Lich Way. There are free downloadable audio walks for Postbridge and Bellever on Dartmoor National Park’s website. You will discover numerous archaeological sites as you explore Bellever. It has a fascinating range of wildlife, including Dartmoor Ponies. You may be lucky enough to stumble across them taking a drink from a river whilst you and the children have a dip in the shallows!

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The South West is a truly beautiful and diverse region boasting beautiful beaches and vibrant cities. The largest city is Bristol and its home to two national parks, Dartmoor and Exmoor, and plenty of quaint fishing towns. It’s also known for its folklore, including the legend of King Arthur and Glastonbury Tor. There are plenty of campsites throughout to suit all types of explorer. Here we give insight into some of the lesser known gems throughout the area.

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Village of Boscastle, Cornwall

Many call into the the little village of Boscastle whilst en route to well-known attractions such as Tintagel Castle. If time is on your side, do try to plan a visit as you will discover what a pleasant place it is to explore. The harbour is one of Cornwall’s most romantic places for couples to enjoy and it is steeped in history, associated with authors and artists who have been inspired by its remoteness and rugged beauty. The views from the cliff path are truly breathtaking and the whole town is dog friendly.

Barford Icecream Garden, Wimborne

What’s not to love about eating great ice cream in tranquil gardens? Hidden deep in the Dorset countryside, Barford Ice Cream Garden is surrounded by many beautiful walks and gardens. Having taken in the surroundings and enjoyed a peaceful picnic or read of your book, you can head to the Ice Cream Shop for a tasty treat. There are a huge range of delicious flavours of ice cream on offer and if you find one you simply cannot get enough of, take a litre tub home to enjoy later – it might be a good idea to bring a freezer bag.

St Mary’s Church, Fairford

If you are ever travelling through the beautiful Cotswold’s then St Mary’s Church is a superb place to visit. Deemed ‘unmissable’ by those who have had the pleasure of visiting, the church has a unique collection of medieval glass, with every single pane having been glazed with the most magnificent stained glass. Run by helpful and knowledgeable volunteers, this ‘shrunken cathedral’ is a must see. It also has an audio tour featuring comments from celebrity Joanna Lumley.

Sydney Gardens, Bath

Situated at the end of Great Pulteney Street, Sydney Gardens is Bath’s oldest park. It became very popular towards the end of the 18th century and was frequently visited by members of the Royal family. In today’s age, the park contains fine trees, shrubberies, lawns and flower beds, tennis courts and a children’s play area and is popular for its bridge views of the railway line for spotting trains. The Kennet and Avon Canal also runs through the park. It has wide paths which are ideal for cyclists. There are also plenty of perfect spots for picnicing, but make sure the wildlife don’t pinch your lunch!

Bellever Forest, Dartmoor

Whether you are looking for an exhilarating walk or a gentle wander through the forest, picturesque Bellever can cater for every ability. There are plenty of marked walking trails to choose from, or you can join the historic bridleway, The Lich Way. There are free downloadable audio walks for Postbridge and Bellever on Dartmoor National Park’s website. You will discover numerous archaeological sites as you explore Bellever. It has a fascinating range of wildlife, including Dartmoor Ponies. You may be lucky enough to stumble across them taking a drink from a river whilst you and the children have a dip in the shallows!