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Craggy cli�s, �shing villages and golden beaches are a given in Devon and
Cornwall, but there's an awful lot more to enjoy on a trip to the south west
WORDS OLIVER BERRYHEAV EN PHOTOS: DAN JAMES, davidgriffen.co.uk, ®NATIONAL
TRUST IMAGES JOHN MILLAR, EAST DEVON AONB
The charms of Britain's two most
westerly counties are no secret.
For decades, Devon and Cornwall
have been popular with British
holidaymakers, not to mention a
steady stream of artists, writers,
celebrity chefs and urban refugees. Every
year, millions of visitors come to feel the sand
between their toes and paddle in the surf,
and while the scenery is undoubtedly one of
the main attractions, there's much more to
this region than grandstand views.
After decades of industrial decline, it seems
everybody wants a slice of the West Country
lifestyle these days - whether it's weekend
surfers looking for an oshore break or city
dwellers in search of the great outdoors.
Buoyed by a burgeoning creative economy
and a rash of Michelin-starred restaurants,
things are changing fast: old harbours are
being redeveloped and run-down resorts
reinvented, food businesses are booming,
while craft shops are opening in droves.
Regeneration initiatives such as The Lost
Gardens of Heligan and The Eden Project have
helped the south west reposition itself as a
hub of creative energy, while celebrity chefs
including Rick Stein, Nathan
Outlaw and Hugh FearnleyWhittingstall
inspire a foodie revolution.
From foraged seaweed to
artisanal chocolate, craft ale
and hand-roasted coee,
chances are you'll nd it for sale somewhere
in the south west these days.
Here are Square Meal's top tips for making
the most of these buzzing counties.
WHILE THE SCENERY IS ONE OF THE MAIN
ATTRACTIONS, THERE'S MUCH MORE TO
THIS REGION THAN GRANDSTAND VIEWS