The following West Country destinations can provide further information for visitors with disabilities

Devon

Uniquely, Devon can offer two very different coastlines.  Dramatic rugged headlands, surf washed sands and tree-clad combes are found to the north, while South Devon offers sandstone cliffs, white pebble beaches, golden sands and sheltered bays. Popular resorts, quaint fishing villages and a spectacular coastal path complete the picture.

Green rolling hills, coloured patchworks of fields, high sided lanes leading to small towns and villages, make up the tranquility that is Devon’s countryside. In contrast, Dartmoor and Exmoor offer majestic views, tumbling streams and a touch of mystery and legend.

Devon is rich in heritage ­ stone circles, ancient medieval routes, historic market towns, the Roman city of Exeter and Plymouth with its famous maritime connections. Literary associations also abound ­ Agatha Christie, Conan Doyle, Dickens and the romantic poets have all drawn inspiration from here

Visitors with disabilities can get more information from
Devon Tourist Information Service
PO Box 55
Barnstaple
Devon
EX32 8YR


Tel 0870 60 85 531
Fax 01271 328 422
email tourism@devon.gov.uk
Web www.devon4allseasons.co.uk

South Hams - South Devon

An area of naturally beautiful coast, countryside and moorland - the very name 'South Hams' comes from the Saxon word 'Hamme' meaning 'sheltered place'. The South Hams is the southernmost tip of Devon, has 56 miles of heritage coastline and enjoys one of the mildest climates in the whole of Britain.

With a rich and ancient heritage South Hams towns will amply repay a visit. The unique market and coastal towns of Totnes, Dartmouth, Salcombe, Kingsbridge, Modbury and Ivybridge, each have a character all of their own and are well worth exploring. Festivals, events, attractions, markets and accommodation available all year round.

Miles of beautiful rolling countryside, historic towns and spectacular coastline, there's so much to explore. There's more to a day out than just getting into the car - the journey can be part of the fun. Taking a ferry, a walk, cycle ride or a steam train trip can be the highlight of the day and more enjoyable than the driving.

Visitors with disabilities can get more information from
South Hams Tourism
Follaton House
Plymouth Road
Totnes
Devon
TQ9 5NE

Tel 01752 897035
Fax 01752 690660
email holidays@south-hams-dc.gov.uk
Web www.somewhere-special.co.uk

North Devon

Overflowing with its own special character and spirit, North Devon is far more than just a beautiful place to visit, it’s a way of life. A land of bustling market towns and sleepy villages, golden beaches and picturesque harbours, rolling hills and wild moorland.

North Devon has some of the finest stretches of sand in the British Isles. Woolacombe, a blue flag beach, was recently voted as one of the world’s top ten. Around the headland is Croyde a Seaside Award beach, famous for its surfing, while Saunton for sheer beauty is hard to beat. The famous Pebble ridge at Westward Ho! is also well worth a visit.

The pretty harbours at Clovelly, Ilfracombe and Lynmouth make a stunning contrast to the wilds of Exmoor National Park. A remote area where deer and wild ponies roam the open moorland and where the gorse and heather filled hills drop down to dramatic cliffs. Such diversity makes North Devon the perfect destination for a family holiday or short break at any time of the year.

Visitors with disabilities can get more information from
North Devon Marketing Bureau
1st Floor, Rolle Quay House
Rolle Quay
Barnstaple
Devon
EX31 1JE

Tel 01271 323030
Fax 01271 323221
Web www.northdevon.co.uk

Devon also has a Countryside Access Directory that provides further information specifically on destinations suitable for people with disabilities in North Devon, East Devon, South Devon, West Devon, Dartmoor and Exmoor which can be found at www.devon.gov.uk/prow/countrysideaccess/

Cornwall

Dotted along the coast are hundreds of beaches - from tiny secret coves to large expanses of golden sand. There are famous resorts and picturesque fishing villages, whilst inland lie ancient settlements, historic market towns and the cathedral city of Truro - Cornwall's capital.

Cornwall has plenty of heritage and culture from times past - stone circles, iron age villages and grand historic houses. There are a multitude of great gardens, all different, which are a joy to explore.

A vibrant art scene stemmed from the Newlyn and St Ives schools, and Cornwall attracts artists from worldwide still. A host of writers such as Daphne du Maurier, Rosamunde Pilcher and John Betjemen have all written of the delights of this far flung corner of England.

Visitors with disabilities can get more information from:
Cornwall Tourist Board
Pydar House
Pydar Street
Truro
Cornwall
TR1 1EA

Tel 01872 322 900
Fax 01872 322 919
email tourism@cornwallenterprise.co.uk
Web www.cornwalltouristboard.co.uk

South East Cornwall, Looe and Polperro

Looe with its tidal harbour separates quiet West Looe from the bustling waterfront, Banjo pier and sandy beach of East Looe. Get a glimpse of Looe's past by visiting the Old Guild Hall Museum, or wander the narrow streets, and sample the delights of the many restaurants.

Explore the picturesque village of Polperro with its jumble of whitewashed cottages. Its tiny harbour was once a thriving centre for the area's smuggling of brandy and tobacco. Or take the coastal path to explore the secluded coves of Talland and Lanivet Bay.

Moors, Mines and Mansions discover over six thousand years of legend, tradition and heritage. There are beaches for everyone, including the spectacular 4 mile stretch of Whitsand Bay. Springtime sees a riot of colour from the bulb fields of the Tamar Valley.

Visitors with disabilities can get more information from
Caradon District Council
Luxstowe House
Liskeard
Cornwall
PL14 3DZ

Tel 01579 341035 (24 hour)
Fax 01579 341002
email tourism@caradon.gov.uk
Web www.southeastcornwall.co.uk

West Cornwall

The Magical Celtic land at West Cornwall is a world of golden palm­fringed beaches and rocky coves; of towering cliffs and lonely moorland; of flower-filled countryside and friendly towns and fishing villages set in an ancient landscape punctuated by historic monuments.

Famous for its crystal-clear ocean and glorious beaches, West Cornwall offers a spectacular mix of awesome sea cliffs and heather moorland, wooded valleys and green fields, hidden corners and sun soaked caves.

The area is an unbeatable venue for outdoor activities and is home to the island castle of St Michaels Mount, the cliffside Minack theatre, the Tate of the West and numerous other art galleries, museums and local craft shops. Uniquely different ­ and just a few hours from your door

Visitors with disabilities can get more information from

West Cornwall
Tourism Office
Penwith District Council
St Clare
Penzance
Cornwall
TR18 5AJ

Tel 01736 362341
Fax 01736 336595
email tourism@penwith.gov.uk
Web www.west-cornwall-tourism.co.uk

North Cornwall, Bude, Padstow and Bodmin Moor

Come to North Cornwall and discover your perfect Cornish Holiday or short break. North Cornwall has something for everyone, the dramatic unspoilt Atlantic Heritage Coastline, pretty fishing villages, wooded valleys and the enigmatic Bodmin Moor. Easily accessible over improved roads and dual carriageways, North Cornwall really is paradise on your doorstep.

It is also a paradise for walkers and cyclists - explore the Camel Trail, 18 miles of safe level off-road walking or cycling. The Camel Trail links into the Cornish Way - a network of newly completed cycle trails taking you all over Cornwall. Or walk the coastal footpath taking in one of several way marked circular routes along the way. Whatever, whenever, North Cornwall has it all.

North Cornwall - home to King Arthur's Tintagel, the Norman Keep of Launceston Castle and Bodmin where you can re-enact Cornish Justice at the Trial of Mathew Weekes. There's the great houses of Lanhydrock and Pencarrow with gardens to match and we are just a stones throw away from the brand world beating Eden Project. Send for your free guide now.

Visitors with disabilities can get more information from
North Cornwall Tourism
3/5 Barn Lane
Bodmin
Cornwall
PL31 1LZ

Tel 01208 893333
Fax 01208 265674
email Tourism@ncdc.gov.uk
Web www.north-cornwall.com

Newquay & the Cornish Riviera

Focal point of a breathtaking riviera where soaring cliffs alternate with sheltered coves, and thundering surf with secluded rock pools, smuggler's caves and soft golden sand stretching for seven miles. There is magic in so much natural beauty.

Spring comes early and Summer stays so late that Autumn and Winter are more months than seasons. There is so much to do - circular walks to discover, 11 beaches to explore and a full range of sports for beginner and champion alike.

Newquay's sport and leisure facilities are complemented by a range of accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets. When the time comes to holiday, people come to Newquay - and once they have been, they stay under its spell for life.

Visitors with disabilities can get more information from
Newquay Tourism Dept
Newquay & the Cornish Riviera
Marcus Hill
Newquay
Cornwall
TR7 1AF

Tel 01637 854000
Fax 01637 854044
email holidaytime@newquay.org.uk
Web www.newquay.org.uk

Isles of Scilly

Scilly evokes a sense of timelessness and total tranquillity. Of a myriad of islands, 5 are inhabited, each offering excellent accommodation and amenities, safe sandy beaches, pubs and sporting opportunities. The islands are also popular among birdwatchers and enjoy a virtually crime-free environment.

Because of its temperate climate, Scilly is abundant with early Spring flowers, and is also the home of the world famous Abbey Garden with its fine collection of subtropical and exotic plants originating from such far off places as Australia and South Africa.

Helicopter, aeroplane and ferry services connect the islands to the mainland and regular launch services link the islands to each other. Penzance, the nearest mainland station, is easily accessible by train from Paddington, or by car by taking the M5 to Exeter then dual carriageway through Devon and large parts of Cornwall.

Visitors with disabilities can get more information from
Isles of Scilly
Old Wesleyan Chapel
Garrison Lane
St Marys
Isles of Scilly
TR21 0JD

Tel 01720 422536
Fax 01720 422049
email steve@scilly.demon.co.uk
Web www.visitscillyonline.co.uk

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