Our chat with the old man in the corner of the pub revealed some interesting tales to tell. They include way markers and landscape definers and unusual shrubbery to look out for on your journey, plus other whimsical tales from Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Dorset and Hampshire.

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Film locations in Cornwall and Devon

Devon and Cornwall boast magnificent houses, rugged coastline, unspoilt villages and wild moorland. All of these backdrops have been used on some well-loved films and TV programmes.

St Piran's Day in Cornwall

Celebrate St Piran's Day and all things Cornwall by visiting our favourite St Piran-related places in the county. Now all you need is a cream tea and you'll be proper Cornish - jam then cream, please.

Tom's Pies in south Devon

Born and bred on Dartmoor’s doorstep, Tom Cull is a true Devon boy who makes pies to rival the pasty. Come to south Devon and see what he loves about the place.

Gandys London in Cornwall

Philanthropic brand Gandys London opened their first south west shop in Fowey - discover why they thought Cornwall encapsulated their ethos.

Metal Chickens of west Cornwall

We've christened Mike the 'chicken welder of the west' but in fact his work is much more elegant. Come be inspired by Mike's metalwork and stay at the end of the country.

John Arbon Textiles in north Devon

Let John spin you a yarn about all the goods things north Devon has to offer, it's why they've chosen to set up a life there after all. Be inspired to holiday in north Devon by the Arbon woolly wonders.

Otter Surfboards of North Cornwall

Love the water like an otter on a surfboard once you've read James' story about living on the north coast of Cornwall.

Panary Dorset

Bake bread with Paul Merry at Panary in Dorset and taste the difference a locally milled flour can make. Be inspired by Paul to stay in Dorset.

Out of the Valley on Dartmoor

Out of the Valley on Dartmoor create bespoke and beautiful furniture and timber structures inspired by the landscape around the riverside workshop. Be inspired to stay on Dartmoor when we Meet the Maker and discover Rupert's story.

Somerset Charcuterie

'Basically, we love where we live.’ Be inspired to stay in Somerset when we Meet the Maker and discover the Simpson story.

The Cornish Food Box Company

"We always knew we wanted to sell only Cornish food – that way we knew exactly where it had come from". Tor and Lucy tell us how their Cornish food box company came to be and now delivers all over the country.

Classic Trunk no 2

Specimen #2 in a series of top trees, one of which could be yours*

Rubbish Beach Art

Clean up our beaches and create a gallery of artistic leftovers.

Holiday Personalities

Who are you? More importantly, who are you going with? Have we got them all?

Who are you on holiday?

Take our quick, unscientific quiz on the 'Who's Who' of holiday personalities

Holiday Characters - The GODSEND

To help you form the perfect party and get a balance of personalities, we've drawn up a list of holiday archetypes.