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Introduction

South West England is the largest region (size-wise) of England. The Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks can be found here, as well as the cities of Bristol, Salisbury, Exeter and Plymouth.

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Sights and Activities

Jurassic Coast

The Jurassic Coast is a World Heritage Site on the English Channel coast of southern England. It stretches from Orcombe Point near Exmouth in East Devon to Old Harry Rocks near Swanage in East Dorset, a distance of 155 kilometres. Chartered in 2001, the Jurassic coast was the second wholly natural World Heritage Site to be designated in the United Kingdom. Its entire length can be walked on the South West Coast Path. The site was featured on the television programme Seven Natural Wonders as one of the wonders of the South West (of the UK), and in a 2005 poll of Radio Times readers, the Jurassic Coast was named as the fifth-greatest natural wonder in Britain. Its official UNESCO name is Dorset and East Devon Coast.

Other Sights and Activities

  • Lulworth Cove
  • The Isle of Portland
  • Durdle Door
  • Thomas Hardy's Cottage
  • Lawrence of Arabia's House

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Getting There

By Plane

Bristol Airport (BRS) is one of the main gateways. Easyjet, Ryanair, Thomas Cook Airlines and Thomson Airways have many seasonal flights to destinations in mainly southern Europe.

To/from the airport
The airport is located along the A38, 8 miles (13 kilometres) south of Bristol city centre. The airport is signposted from the M5. Take junction 22 when approaching from the south and junction 18 when approaching from the north.
The Bristol International Flyer coach services A1 & A2 operate to and from Bristol stopping en route in Bedminster, Bristol Temple Meads railway station, and Bristol Bus station. Some services continue to Clifton. The service takes 30 minutes from the city centre. A bus service to and from Weston-super-Mare operates every two hours, service number 121. This service is operated by Wessex Connect and Bakers Coaches on behalf of North Somerset Council.

Exeter International Airport (EXT) is linked to around 20 countries and a number of UK destinations. Flybe has most flights, including to Aberdeen, Alicante, Amsterdam, Avignon, Belfast, Dublin, Dubrovnik, Edinburgh, Faro, Geneva, Glasgow, Guernsey, Jersey, Leeds, Málaga, Manchester, Newcastle, Nice, Paris and Salzburg.
Also, Thomson Airways has a good deal of flights, like those to Lanzarote, Corfu, Madeira, Crete, Ibiza, Cyprus, Gran Canaria, Malta, Menorca, Mallorca, Rhodes and Tenerife.

By Boat

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