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5 best places in the South West

There are so many millions of places to visit in the South West that will inspire awe, fill you with joy and generally make a grey sky blue. But we couldn't fit them all in one article so here's a serious edit down to five top places to visit in the South West.

Adam's top place to visit in Dorset:

Worbarrow bay by Annabel Elston

Worbarrow Bay is like a painting by a master of fine art - who knew it was hidden away on the Dorset coast. It's no wonder it's heavily guarded - the military only let you in at the weekend, so make sure you look up opening times on the web site before the trek down (which is well worth the pretty walk).

Katie's must-see place to visit in Devon:

Wistman's Woods by Annabel Elston

Wistman's Woods on Dartmoor are magical. There's an ethereal quality well suited to a movie set - Lord of the Rings, The Labyrinth, Dark Crystal...even Harry Potter. It's surreal, eery and beautiful. A bit of a trek but legend has it you should get out before nightfall...

Jo's best beach in Cornwall:

My boys at Praa Sands by Jo Darvell

A favourite haunt for my family. My husband grew up in Praa Sands so has a soft spot for this place and when the surf is good this is where he will go. Whether summer or winter the family-friendly beach is great for sandcastle building and hours of fun playing on the beach.

Mary's secret spot in Cornwall:

Helford River by Annabel Elston

Where the Helford River joins the sea, a field on top of a hill just along from Mawnan Smith church – a beautiful spot! You can see for miles – out to sea as far as the Manacles to the west and St Anthony to the east and up the river towards Helford village with all the boats bobbing on their moorings. There’s a lovely walk from there along the side of the river towards Trebah Gardens.

Nick's woodland wonderland in Somerset:

Ralph's Wood by Nick

Located half way up Brent Knoll in Somerset, the autumn walks here are an explosion of colour and the place is bursting full of life and beauty. Ralph's Wood was planted in 1999 and now stands as a memorial to it's founder who died in Canada in 2005. We bumped into Ralph's father who stills looks after the place in memory of his son, a beautiful way to be remembered.

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