Monthly SweetSpot – JULY in Southwest England

Heading away on holiday in the next few weeks? To help you make the most of your outdoor leisure time, weathertrending highlights the Monthly SweetSpot – a region of the UK with lots to see and do in the month ahead. We pick out some of the events and attractions to look forward to in the area, and a guide to the typical climate.

With the holiday season soon to get into top gear, Devon and Cornwall will be welcoming visitors with open arms over the weeks to come. Is it the quaint rural villages or the pristine southwest beaches that float your boat? Or perhaps the many cultural events being held in the region are drawing you to this corner of England through July. Whatever your tastes, there is such a rich variety of activities, sights and events to enjoy, that most appetites will be satiated.

Of course you don’t have to dip into the sea to enjoy the seaside. The Southwest Coastal Path is the longest national trail in the UK. The heritage, wildlife, geology and scenery along the way are truly inspirational; and what better way to experience the range of coastal scenery the region offers – from majestic sandy beaches, across rugged headlines, before dipping into tiny sheltered fishing villages.

Jam on top or below?!

Away from the coast, you can lose yourself in rural bliss as you wind your way through country lanes and emerge onto the splendid towering heights of Dartmoor, Exmoor and Bodmin Moor.

The ancient granite of Dartmoor creates an unmistakable, rugged beauty that is a ‘must’ for anyone new to the area. Rising over 2000 feet above the distant coast, this National Park offers so much to see and do. It’s a magnet for hikers and cyclists – and from the high tors to the deep hidden valleys, there’s a wealth of rare wildlife to view.

Beauty of a different kind awaits you as you head north into the wide expanse of Exmoor – by car, bike, foot, or on horseback. Much animal and plant life here is unique to the area and carefully protected within this National Park. Exmoor Ponies wander freely across the rugged bleak moorland. They are a hardy breed, who have stoically stood up to blizzards, gale and deluges for hundreds of years.

West from the mainland, The Isles of Scilly comprise five inhabited islands,  each with its own distinctive personality. Over 2000 people are lucky enough to call this “home”. From the minute you arrive, you’ll fall in love with the islands and you’ll leave yearning to return.

And the positivity extends to the Devon and Cornwall’s weather too. It’s the mildest climate in the UK. Of course, we should always cater for a shower or two at any time of year. But this is the warmest time of the year; and this July looks drier and sunnier than many in the past. What’s more – in July the sea temperatures around Devon and Cornwall are approaching their peak of the high teens Celsius – warm enough to shed the wetsuit?!

John’s Local Weather Factoid:

At this time of year, during fine spells, the best of the sunshine is often found around the coastal fringe, whilst much of the cloud builds up inland.

There are hundreds of visitor attractions and events taking place across Devon and Cornwall in July to whet your appetite. Here are just a few that we’ve picked out.

5th-7th July: Exeter Crafts Festival

7th-8th July: Tribal Clash at Bantham Beach

14th July: Liskeard Agricultural Show

15th July:  Low Tide Event at Tresco

7th-17th July: Dartington Ways with Words Festival

21st-22nd July: Chagstock Music Festival

21st – 28th July: Charleston Regatta Week

26th-29th July: Port Eliot Festival

One last thing. Whatever you’re up to, be sure to treat yourself at least one afternoon to a traditional Cream Tea! Jam on top or below?!

For more information on attractions in the region visit the Visit Devon and Visit Cornwall websites

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