6 Day Devon and Cornwall Self Drive
Home to the legends of King Arthur, Doc Martin, Poldark, celtic kingdoms and roman towns, stop at beautiful beaches and wild moorlands. Visit Norman cathedrals and extraordinary coastlines as you drive into this beautiful area of southwest England.
Day 1 Pick up your car and depart Heathrow heading west. We arrive at the pretty village of Avebury. Here you will be able to wander among the largest stone circle in the world and a World Heritage Site. Nearby is also the site of the Cherhill White Horse, which was cut out of the chalk hillside in 1780. Not far from here, set in rural Wiltshire, is Lacock village, famous for its picturesque streets, historic buildings and its more recent role as a television and film location. The Abbey, located at the heart of the village within its own woodland grounds, is a quirky country house of various architectural styles. Travel on to the medieval city of Bath. Spend the night in Bath
Day 2 Travel south to Torquay, the birthplace of crime writer Agatha Christie. Christie buffs can visit her vacation home, the beautifully restored mansion house Greenway, walk the Agatha Christie Mile, and follow the Agatha Christie Literary Trail. There’s even an Agatha Christie experience via steam train or vintage bus to Greenway. The quaint port of Dartmouth is a quick foot-passenger-ferry ride across from where the train stops. Or visit the nearby picturesque village of Cockington. Spend the night in Torquay
Day 3 Today spend your morning exploring the magnificent wilderness of Dartmoor National Park, the ancient "Clapper Bridge" at Postbridge, and the historic market town of Tavistock, home to Francis Drake. There can be no more an iconic sight on Dartmoor than a seeing herd of ponies grazing together, with stunning, majestic Dartmoor as their backdrop. Spend the night in Torquay
Day 4 Depart Torquay and set off for St Michael’s Mount, a tidal island just off the coast of Penzance. Here, we’ll explore the village and the medieval castle and gardens – which are full of treasures and stories from the past then travel to St Ives, one of England’s prettiest towns. Spend the night in St. Ives
Day 5 Explore the artist village of St. Ives and the surrounding area today. Perhaps visit locations made famous by the TV series Poldark. Maybe visit a gorgeous garden, a gallery or museum or something a little more active so much to see and do. Or if history and heritage is more your thing you’ll love our historic houses, castles, museums and World Heritage Sites. Spend the night in St. Ives
Day 6 This morning you say farewell to Cornwall and travel along the coast to Port Isaac. The fictional village in the popular series, Doc Martin is actually filmed in Port Isaac, overlooking the bay in Devon. Twelfth-century charm, a mix of higgly piggly buildings and shops combine for some beautiful scenery, tiny laneways, fishermen tending to their crab and lobster pots are all reminders of its fictional counterpart, Portwenn. Continue to Bodmin Moor. This is an area where legends abound –the resting place of King Arthur’s sword Excalibur in Dozmary Pool makes this a very special place. You will see dramatic tors (rocky peaks) as you drive back through the Devon countryside with stops for photos and perhaps some cream tea before arriving in the famous little town of Glastonbury. From here you will return back eastwards to Heathrow.