1 Hiking on Dartmoor
Experience this bleakly beautiful landscape along a good network of paths.
2 Surfing in North Devon
Devon’s west-facing northern coast – above all Woolacombe, Croyde and Saunton – and its endless ranks of rollers draw surfers of every ability.
3 Eden Project, Cornwall
Embark on a voyage of discovery around the planet’s ecosystems at this disused clay pit, now home to a fantastic array of exotic plants and crops.
4 Cornish beaches
Cornwall has some of the country’s best beaches, most of them in fabulous settings. Beauties include Newquay, Whitesand Bay, the Isles of Scilly and Bude; and Porthcurno, overlooked by dramatic black crags.
5 St Ives
Fine-sand beaches, a brace of renowned galleries and a maze of tiny lanes give this bustling harbour town a feel-good vibe.
6 Seafood restaurants
The local catch goes straight into the excellent restaurants of the southwestern peninsula. Culinary hotspots include Newquay, St Ives and, most famously Padstow, where celebrity chef Rick Stein owns a number of places.