As what seems like the longest winter ever finally draws to a close, its time to start planning roadtrips again. Our friendly store teams have put their heads together and come up with some great suggestions for trips around the south west that are sure to get you excited about getting outside again.
So wrap up and hit the road with the second part of our top 10 roadtrip must-sees! If you haven't seen our first 5 destinations, you can check out Part 1 right here.
Almost too pretty to be real, St Ives is a charming seaside town full of art galleries, restaurants and traditional pubs. Built around the working harbour, St Ives is known as the jewel of the south west and is rich in Cornish history and stunning beaches including Porthmeor Beach with its white sand, rock pools, great surf and glimpses of a shipwreck at low tide.
St Ives Store Manager Em loves Tehidy Woods where there are 250 acres of peaceful woods and lakes to explore. “Rogue Theatre do shows in the summer, Halloween and Christmas in Tehidy Woods...it’s really quite magical,” says Em. “You walk through the woods in the dark to find performers from the show doing different things connected to the show and then you get to a canvas covered stage and hay bales to sit on and watch the performance...they sell woodland stew and have a bar and at Halloween they play themed songs and everyone dances while children can play games and have their faces painted. It really is lovely.”
Deep in the mystic Somerset levels, the area around Street is steeped in history and folklore and Barry from our Street store in Clark’s Village says the whole area is full of brilliant things to see and do.
“Glastonbury is nearby and a walk up Glastonbury Tor is a great way to blow away the cobwebs,” says Barry. “You can stop of at the Chalice Well on the way back down for a bit of spiritual rejuvenation!”
Barry also recommends a visit to nearby medieval city of Wells, a Roman settlement which claims to be England’s smallest city. “Wells is also a great spot for film and TV fans as Hot Fuzz was filmed mostly in Wells High Street and an episode of Dr Who was filmed in the Cathedral.”
Just 10 miles from Land's End, Penzance is an ancient market town full of ancient Celtic culture and surrounded by beautiful unspoilt beaches. Set in Mount’s Bay, the area is dominated by views of the uniquely beautiful St Michael’s Mount, a rocky tidal island only accessible on foot at low tide. Wander across the cobbled causeway to the island, explore the medieval castle and swim in the harbour, but watch the water - as the tide rises it fills the bay and cuts off the path.
Ella from our Penzance store suggests a trip to Morrab Gardens is a great way to relax and unwind while you’re in Penzance. Morrab Gardens is a subtropical Victorian-era garden which leads through to the Promenade and the wonderful Jubilee Pool, an art deco open air lido which is being renovated this spring.
Britain’s Ocean City is one the major south west cities and has a host of tourist attractions and some incredible natural sights to enjoy. Liam from our Plymouth store says a trip to the Hoe is a must. Plymouth Hoe is the heart of the city right on the seafront with breath-taking views across Plymouth Sound, one of the most perfect natural harbours in the world. Smeaton's Tower is a classic red and white hooped lighthouse and its position right on the Hoe has made it one of the South West's most well-known landmarks.
Liam also recommends a trip inland to Burrator Reservoir on Dartmoor which is popular with walkers, cyclists and horse riders. Many of the trails round the reservoir lead on to Dartmoor so it makes an ideal starting point for longer trips.
“Lanhydrock is an incredible late Victorian country house with gardens and a huge wooded estate. The whole estate is owned by the National Trust, who have some new things to entertain people in the winter including new cycle trails for all the family and some proper downhill trails, there are also new big parks for the children and a cafe for the adults!"
What have we missed? What must-see landmarks are on your Roadtrip list? Let us know!