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There are plenty of places to see and visit in South West England. Whether you love hiking or cycling, South West England is a region where 20 hidden gems are waiting to be explored and visited. Check the top places to visit in the region and plan your next adventure today.

The top 20 Attractions in South West England

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    1

    Haytor Rocks

    Hiking Highlight

    Prepare to be amazed by Haytor Rocks! The much-photographed landmark is even more impressive when you experience it first-hand. If you climb to the top, you can experience panoramic views …

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    2

    Bellever Tor

    Hiking Highlight

    The magnificent granite rock formation of Bellever Tor affords magnificent views over Dartmoor. In stark contrast, however, the menacing mass of Dartmoor Prison can also be seen from this spot.

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    3

    Golden Cap

    Hiking Highlight

    Standing at 626 feet (191 m), Golden Cap is the highest point on the South coast of England. From the cliff, you are afforded utterly breathtaking views over Lyme Bay to Dartmoor and ahead to the Isle of Portland.

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    4

    Hound Tor

    Hiking Highlight

    Hound Tor is a breathtaking granite outcrop that rewards those who climb to the top with magnificent views over Dartmoor. According to legend, these rocks used to be hunting dogs, …

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    5

    Clifton Suspension Bridge

    Road Cycling Highlight (Segment)

    You can’t help but to be in awe of this beautiful structure. Bike lanes filter you around the sides of the toll barriers but keep an eye on cars going through as you rejoin the road.

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    6

    Clifton Suspension Bridge

    Bike Touring Highlight

    Spanning the spectacular Avon Gorge, Clifton Suspension Bridge is one of Bristol's most iconic landmarks. The bridge has been a toll bridge since it opened in 1864, connecting Clifton to …

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    Amy
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    7

    Cheddar Gorge

    Road Cycling Highlight (Segment)

    Totally achievable iconic climb. The whole thing is about 10km but it’s only steep for the first 1.5km or so. There is one really nasty steep hairpin but once you’re …

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    Laura
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    8

    Brown Willy

    Hiking Highlight

    The highest point in Cornwall and a UK designated Marilyn. I think the best way to go up Brown Willy is to do a loop and come in from the …

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    David
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    9

    Warmley Waiting Room (Teagarden)

    Bike Touring Highlight

    Located directly on the Bristol to Bath Railway Path, the Warmley Waiting Room is the perfect place to rest your legs. Once the location of those traveling from Warmley station, …

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    Amy
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    10

    Two Tunnels Greenway

    Bike Touring Highlight (Segment)

    Riding through the 2 tunnels is a unique experience. They feel chilly in summer and warm in winter. Bicycle lights are not necessary but are helpful especially if you are …

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    11

    Win Green

    Hiking Highlight

    Win Green is the highest point in the Cranborne Chase and affords breathtaking panoramic views over Blackmore Vale and the Salisbury Plain. The views even stretch to the Isle of …

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    12

    Durdle Door

    Hiking Highlight

    Great natural spectacle. totally impressive

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    13

    High Willhays

    Hiking Highlight

    The highest point on Dartmoor and the highest summit south of the Brecon Beacons. Very accessible and an easy hike for most people to do. The best thing is the …

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    David
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    14

    Dundas Aqueduct

    Bike Touring Highlight

    The Dundas Aqueduct is an impressive 18th century structure built to carry the Kennet and Avon Canal over the River Avon. Designed by John Rennie in 1797, it was completed …

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    Amy
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    15

    Bourton-on-the-Water

    Hiking Highlight

    An archetypal Cotswold village, Bourton-on-the-Water's mix of pretty cottages and honey-coloured brick houses give it an undeniable charm. Delightful arched bridges span the River Windrush, the small river responsible for …

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    16

    St Ives

    Hiking Highlight

    The picturesque fishing harbour and seaside town of St Ives is a real gem on the Cornish coastline. With distinctive cobbled streets—lined with independent shops, traditional eateries, and fisherman’s cottages—as …

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    17

    Land's End

    Hiking Highlight

    One of the most famous places in the UK, Land's End is the most westerly point of England. It's located on Cornwall's jagged coast and has numerous hiking and cycling …

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    Kit P
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    18

    Corfe Castle

    Road Cycling Highlight

    Arguably the UK's most beautiful medieval castle ruins, Corfe Castle's history goes back over a millennia and it has long benefitted from its dominant position on the steep-sided chalk hill. …

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    19

    The Old Severn Bridge

    Road Cycling Highlight

    A great quick route into Wales. Often busy with cyclists and runners. Beware closures on very windy days.

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    Kennet & Avon canal towpath

    Bike Touring Highlight (Segment)

    Running through leafy woodland and tranquil nature, the Kennet and Avon Canal links London with the Bristol Channel. Spanning 87 miles (140 km), the canal was once a vital trade …

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    Amy

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