Within a short span, England encompasses a variety of worlds – the modernity of London, the medieval spires of Salisbury, the Neolithic Stonehenge, the craggy coast of Cornwall and the dales of Yorkshire.
Whatever the geography – highlands, flat plains in lowlands – the epic beauty of the English countryside is indisputable, with picture perfect pastoral villages, fairy-tale cottages, nippy air, undulating hills, meadows with wild flowers and the odd castle and pub at every turn.
The most gratifying way to traverse England’s countryside is to bicycle through it. Southwest England, consisting of Cornwall, Devon, Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds is the best bet for beginners. The idyllic landscape and peaceful lanes untouched by traffic lend themselves to easy cycling trysts.
Cycle Route for South England
Start – Cornwall
End – Cotswolds
Route – Cornwall – Devon – Gloucestershire – Cotswolds
Ideal Duration – Appx 5 to 7 Days
Approximate Distance by Road : 230 Miles.
Cycle Tour Map for Beginners -in South England
The more brave-hearted cyclists can hop onto mountain bikes and explore the rugged but lyrical terrain of the Lake District. Cycling through Northumberland, which borders Scotland, can be equally enchanting and take you past castles and the North Sea coastline.
Cornwall’s beach resort, St lves, is the perfect place for the whole family to vacation.
Getting to Cornwall South England
Newquay airport (NQY) is the main airport for Cornwall.
Indian private Airliners Jet Airways and Kingfisher has daily flights to London from Delhi and Mumbai India. Also there are many international flights flying into London from many European and North American cities.
By Train :
Regular trains run on the main line from London Paddington (12 daily to Plymouth, 3 hours, 8 daily all the way through Cornwall to Penzance, 5 hours)
For your Knowledge about South England Towns
CornWall South England
Cornwall is increasingly becoming a popular destination for those interested in cultural tourism due to its long association with visual and written arts, and enormous wealth of archaeology. Its mining heritage has recently been recognised by the United Nations (UNESCO)
The Eden Project: Open Every day all year except Christmas Eve & Christmas day. Near St Austell – a fabulous collection of flora from all over the planet housed in two ‘space age’ transparent domes.
The Lost Gardens of Heligan: 80 acres of stunning landscaped scenery with a huge complex of walled flower and vegetable gardens.
The Fate St Ives : one of the four Tate Galleries in the UK – Modern Art
Tintagel Castle : legendary birth place of the famous King Arthur and seat of the kings of Cornwall.
To Do activities – The South West Coast Path – Which runs along the coastline of Britain’s south-west peninsula. The Cornish section is supposed to be the most scenic, particularly around Penwith and the Lizard. The trail takes walkers to busy towns, remote cliffs, beaches, heaths, farms and fishing villages. Walking along it is a great way to experience the region in all its variety.
To Do Activities -The Camel trail: An 18 mile off-road cycle-track following the scenic estuary of the river Camel.
Devon , South England
There are two principal airports in Devon Exeter International and Plymouth City Airport.
Devon’s Crealy Great Adventure Park: Great for families days out. It is one of the best theme park in Devon.
Fly Fishing: The rivers around Devon have Trout, Sea Trout and Salmon. Guides can provide equipment & instruction on fly fishing for all experience levels.
Gloucester City, South England
The City of Gloucester is the furthest inland port in the UK, situated beside the River Severn.
Gloucester Cathedral: A cathedral in which part of the Harry Potter films were filmed.
The historical 18th century docks: A popular tourist attraction, with numerous museums and shops/pubs.
Queen of the Cotswolds: A superb example of a Gloucestershire village, which has a number of fine houses and a church which reflect the prosperous era when it was the centre of the thriving wool trade.
Cotswolds City, South England
During the Middle Ages, the Cotswolds became prosperous from the wool trade with the Continent. Much of this wealth was directed towards the building of churches, the area still preserving a large number of large, handsome Cotswold Stone “wool churches”. The area remains affluent and has attracted wealthy Londoners and others who own second homes in the area or have chosen to retire to the Cotswolds .
Whilst lacking a single large attraction or theme park, the Cotswolds is a wealthy area that nevertheless retains something of the appeal of a working environment. For visitors, the area is particularly well known for historic gardens, pubs and inns, farm and outdoor attractions and retail – book and antique shops especially. There is also a thriving arts and crafts scene, drawing on a legacy.
Cotswold Water Park: Great Britain’s largest water park consists of 133 lakes which were formed by filling old gravel quarries. It is located about five miles south of Cirencester and offers many water sports and activities.
Walk some or all of the Cotswold Way: Beautiful views over the Cotswold edge the entire way.
Classic Motoring: For visitors wishing to tour the area in a classic car, the Cotswolds is home to Classic Motoring, a company, specialising in the self-drive hire of Jaguar E-Type Convertibles.