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Living in South West England: Things to Do and See in South West England, England

South West England, Opportunities for Lovers of the Great Outdoors

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The South West is the largest of the English regions, covering an area of nearly 15,000 square kilometres. It has, however, one of the smallest populations, at around five million, leaving it a beautifully rural and unspoilt part of the country.

It is made up of eight counties: Gloucestershire, Bristol, Wiltshire, Somerset, Dorset, Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. The South West, also known as The West Country, is home to eight cities, although it is generally not densely populated. Of these, Exeter is the economic hub, with good amenities and a well-reputed University. Bristol, towards the north of the region, is a very interesting and eclectic city, with great nightlife and two universities.

The South West has a strong culture and history, and its own language; Cornish is now spoken by a few hundred people, following a successful campaign to save the language and is an integral part of Cornwall’s cultural identity. Stonehenge, an amazing prehistoric monument which attracts visitors from all over the globe, is located in Somerset. Nearby, Bath is another great tourist attraction; a beautiful and historic city with numerous baths and spas, the whole of which has been designated as a world heritage site.

The region is blessed with an extremely long coastline: a 1,130 km long stretch of beautiful seafront, lined with traditional fishing villages and gorgeous beaches, ideal for the warmer than average climate and long summer days. The Jurassic Coast, a 95 km section of the coastline which demonstrates various different historical periods, has been named as a World Heritage Site. The South West is a popular holiday destination for British residents, attracted by the relaxed pace of life, the surfing opportunities and the unspoilt nature of the area.

Even inland, the South West has a lot to offer the outdoors enthusiasts; two National Parks, Exmoor and Dartmoor, span between them an area of over 1,600 square kilometres. The region as a whole is of important environmental significance and measures have been taken to protect it from over-development.

The area is known for some of its local delicacies; Cornish pasties, cider and cheddar cheese are all particularly popular exports from the South West, and its seafood is also fantastic.

The popularity of the South West of England can be attributed to its space, unspoilt and unique landscape, slower pace of life and wonderful coastline.

For more information, contact the Exeter Strutt & Parker office, which covers the whole of the South West region.

How Many People Live in South West England?

Population: 5,289,000

What Languages Are Spoken in South West England?

Language: English, Cornish

What is the Currency in South West England?

Currency: GBP (Pound sterling)

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