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A guide to the West Country from the people that know…

The West Country - Guide Highlights

by  Katie Chown Posted . 23 Oct 2013

Things to do when it rains

It is inevitable, unavoidable. But not the end of the world. A bit of rain is refreshing, replenishing, life-giving. But not necessarily what you want on your one holiday of the year. It doesn't have to mean your holiday home becomes a prison, little faces pressed against waterfall windows and the dog whimpering at the stable door. Embrace the rain, or ignore it by having a day out in the West Country with one of these activities, safely housed out of precipitation's way.

by  Katie Chown Posted . 29 Mar 2012

Hunting Giants

Giants, dragons and horned beasts. A colourful cast of mythical creatures lurk in the woods, the hills and the waves. Their roots stretch back to the Pagan, the Celtic and the pure fantastic. The West Country collective imagination has given birth to a pantheon of the strange, the wondrous and the downright bizarre. Believe them, or not, the tales run deep in the soil, the sea and the stone of the landscape. Take them with a pinch of seasalt. But there's no denying the hold they've had for hundreds of years. And there's nothing like the flash of a mermaid's tail or the whiff of a dragon to get the little ones tugging you out of the door for a walk.

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