South West England – the largest of the UK’s nine regions. And it’s also the most rural. The South West has the highest population in the UK living in small towns, villages or hamlets.
With an oceanic climate due to its proximity to over 7000 miles of coastline, the South West sees cool winters and warmer summers.
The region, affectionately known as the West Country, forms much of the ancient Saxon kingdom which was once called Wessex.
Some of the South West’s unique appeal can be found in its history, its landscapes and its food and drink.
Within small geographical areas and with our local expertise you’ll find this region home to a wide variety of landscapes which make it a delight to explore on foot – including meadow grasslands with wild flowers, chalk down land, English villages, areas of woodland, agricultural land, coast, market towns and hamlets.
These varied landscapes are home to a rich variety of nature and wildlife. And each county has its own distinct character, architecture and food and drink specialties. We’ll introduce you to them on your tour.
Human history in the South West can be traced back a remarkable 500 000 years. There are remarkable stories and evidence to be found as you walk our trails from every period of human history. (Not all periods in all counties of course).
The South West’s great food and drink is well known and much loved. Specialties to look out for and taste as you explore include the crumbling Cheddar cheese, named after the Somerset town of Cheddar where it was first produced. Other cheeses include Double Gloucester, Bath Wyfe and Somerset brie to name a few. Look out for Somerset cider produced from the region’s apple orchards, Dorset and Devon beef, Dorset Apple cake, Marlborough buns and Wiltshire ham to name but a few.
Poets, authors and painters have all fallen under the South West’s charms through the centuries and been inspired to produce great and famous works.
There are many examples and some of the most well known include author Jane Austen who lived in the city of Bath from 1801 to 1804 writing Northanger Abbey and Persuasion. Charles Dickens was also greatly influenced by Bath in his book The Pickwick Papers. And Thomas Hardy spent many years living and working in Dorset, inspired to write one of his most famous works Tess of the D’Urbervilles.
With two decades experience of creating, innovating and planning tailor made walking tours and walking holidays in the South West of England, we would love to plan your memorable adventure with this exciting tour.