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Top 3 Places to Unwind

Here's our pick of the Top 3 places to unwind in the West Country wilderness.

Top 3 Places to Unwind

Pause. After a day out gallivanting in the countryside or on the coast, take a mug/bottle/flask of your favourite tipple and head out for a sundowner. Stay to see the stars come out.

Here's our pick of the Top 3 places to unwind in the West Country wilderness.

Tregonning Hill in South West Cornwall
King-of-the-castle views from coast to coast. Tregonning Hill is steeped in history. Surveying the views across the surrounding countryside and out to sea, it is obvious why the Celts once chose this place to settle. In more recent times, Tregonning has played its part in the long-standing relationship between Cornishmen and the land, as the place where china clay was discovered in around 1745.
Start in the village of Balwest (off the A394 Helston-Penzance road) and head for the Germoe war memorial, which sits on top of remains of the Celtic settlement.
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The Cheesewring in Mid Cornwall
So called because of its shape, The Cheesewring is a towering stack of a rock formation created by glaciation and weathering over thousands of years. Teetering on Bodmin Moor, a climb to the top reaps breathtaking views into Devon in one direction and far into Cornwall in the other.
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Dunkery Beacon in Exmoor, Somerset
Drive up onto Exmoor from Wheddon Cross and park at Dunkery Gate just as you get on National Trust land, then choose an open moorland walk to the top of Dunkery Beacon via a long or short route, where you will get a view over Porlock and across the Bristol Channel to Wales.
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