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Barnstaple, a market center for the area.... more

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Bath with its graceful, honey-colored buildings, interesting museums, and delightful shopping area is best explored on foot over a period of several days. Bath, founded by the Romans in the 1st century around the gushing mineral hot springs, reached its peak of popularity in the early... more

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Narrow country lanes lead to the picturesque little village of Boscastle. Braced in a valley 400 feet above a little harbor, the town was named after the Boscastle family who once lived there, rather than an actual castle.... more

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Buckland-in-the-Moor is full of picturesque thatched cottages.... more

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Castle Combe is a most photogenic collection of warm, honey-stone cottages snuggled along a stream’s edge. It has been call the "prettiest village in England". (Just south of the M4 motorway between exits 17 and 18.)... more

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The pretty town of Chagford at the edge of the moor has attractive houses and hostelries grouped round the market square.... more

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Chipping Campden is known for its High Street lined with gabled cottages and shops topped by steep tile roofs.... more

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Dunster a medieval town dominated by Dunster Castle. Park before you enter the town and explore the shops and ancient buildings (including a dormered Yarn Market) on the High Street. On Mill Lane you can tour 18th-century Dunster Watermill (NT), which was restored to working order in ... more

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The old town towards the River Exe has many fine old buildings including the Custom House and a maze of little streets with old inns and quaint shops. The center is a modern shopping complex. From Exeter the M5 will connect you to all parts of Britain.... more

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Glastonbury is an ancient market town steeped in legends. As the story goes, Joseph of Arimathea traveled here and leaned on his staff, which rooted and flowered, a symbol that he should build a church. There may well have been a primitive church here but the ruin of Glastonbury Abbey... more

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Grassington is a neat village of narrow streets and cobbled squares full of shops and cafés. It’s this itinerary’s introduction to the Dales National Park which is very crowded in summer, so you may want to park at the National Park Information Centre (useful for ma... more

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Lacock (NT) is an exquisite village where no building dates from later than the 18th century, many dating from much earlier.... more

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Little Barrington is a village of quaint cottages.... more

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A lovely place to visit is the more peaceful side of the Cotswolds. This is typified by the outstandingly lovely villages of Lower and Upper Slaughter with their honey-colored stone cottages beside peaceful streams—just the names on the signposts are enough to lure you down thei... more

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Lynmouth, a fishing village of old-style houses, nestles at the foot of Lynmoth. A funky old cliff railway, which connects the two villages.... more

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the neighboring villages of Lynmouth and Lynton. Victorian Lynton stands at the top of the cliff while Lynmouth nestles at its foot.... more

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Mevagissey is a quaint port whose beauty attracts writers, artists, and throngs of tourists.... more

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Moreton in Marsh’s broad main street was once part of the Roman road. It’s known as the Fosse Way and is lined with interesting shops.... more

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Mount’s Bay is just around the bend from Land’s End with the pretty village of Mousehole (pronounced “mowzle”) tucked into a niche on its shores. With color-washed cottages crowded into a steep valley and multicolored fishing boats moored at its feet, this ad... more

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R. D. Blackmore wrote about the people, moods, and landscape of Exmoor. He used the little church at Oare for Lorna Doone’s marriage to John Ridd. Continue into the village where you can park your car near the village shop and take a 3-mile walk along the river to Badgworthy Val... more

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Pirates from France and the Barbary Coast used to raid the flourishing port town of Penzance until the mid-18th century. Now it is quite a large town, a real mishmash of styles from quaint fishermen’s cottages to ’60s housing estates, where long, peaceful, sandy beaches co... more

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Porlock is a large, quaint, bustling village with narrow streets.... more

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Porlock Weir appears as a few picturesque cottages, the Ship Inn facing a pebble beach and a tiny harbor dotted with boats.... more

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Portloe is a pretty fishing hamlet.... more

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Portscatho is a lovely fishing village that has not been overrun with tourists.... more

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Salisbury has been a prosperous Wiltshire market town since the 13th century. Park your car in one of the large car parks on the edge of town and wander through the bustling town center to Salisbury Cathedral.... more

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Selworthy (NT). Its pretty green, surrounded by elaborate thatched cottages, makes this a very picturesque spot. The National Trust has a small visitors’ center and excellent teashop.... more

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Picture postcard village round a fishing harbour. Stay on the A3074 until the road is signposted sharp right to the harbor. Go left and follow parking signs to the Recreation Centre. Park your car here and walk down into town. Your destination is Fore Street with its galleries, restau... more

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The area around St Just has the most attractive, windswept stretch of Cornwall’s coastline. Stone farm villages hug the bare expanse of land and are cooled by Atlantic Ocean breezes that waft up over the cliff edges. Abandoned old tin mine towers stand in ruins and regularly dot... more

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St. Mawes is a charming, unspoilt fishing harbor at the head of the Roseland Peninsula. Its castle was built by Henry VIII to defend the estuary. The 20 miles or so of coastline to the east of St. Mawes hide several beautiful villages located down narrow, winding country lanes.... more

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St. Michael’s Mount (NT). Its resemblance to the more famous mount in France is not coincidental, for it was founded by monks from Mont St. Michel in 1044. A 19th-century castle and the ruins of the monastery crown the island, which is reached at low tide on foot from the town o... more

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The town itself, while it is quite touristy, has charm and the most adorable, and certainly most photographed, Post Office (NT) in Britain.... more

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Veryan is a quaint village where thatched circular houses were built so that “the devil had nowhere to hide.... more

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Wells is England’s smallest cathedral city and the cathedral is glorious.... more

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A cluster of cottages and a tall church steeple make up Widecombe in the Moor, the village made famous by the Uncle Tom Cobbleigh song. The famous fair is still held on the second Tuesday in September.... more

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