|England's West Country
"England's West Country:
Bath & Beyond."
Most visitors to England begin in London and proceed to a few scattered destinations - York, Stonehenge, the Lake District, Bath and the Cotswolds, perhaps. In this film, however, we begin at Bath and proceed (Westward Ho!) from there. Into the legendary lands of King Arthur and his castle at Tintagel.The fictional Wessex of Thomas Hardy, and the country home of mystery writer Agatha Christie. We won't stop until we've reached Land's End (a real place, just like Westward Ho!) There's magnificent scenery along the way: two national parks (Dartmoor and Exmoor), wild rocky coastlines, and a walking path that envelopes the whole region. The path is over six hundred miles long and follows the coast along the Bristol Channel and the English Channel. The West Country is made up of four diverse and fascinating counties: Somerset, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall. The film includes visits to Wells, Glastonbury, Cheddar Gorge, the Dartmoor and Somerset Folk Festivals, and glimpses into England's colorful history. The sound track will feature the music of local West Country musicians.
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Testimonial from Deryck, of Coventry England, who purchased several copies of It's Great! Britain on the internet.
Just to let you know that the parcel arrived this morning - with a comfortable week to spare ahead of our departure. And to say also that we are very pleased with the contents of your film. The DVDs are intended as gifts for close members of my family who, like you it seems, have their origins here but have lived most of their lives in the US. The idea is simply to awaken memories, or to forge new links. In making your film you could only make an impossibly small selection of places to visit, but as it happens your choice well met the bill.
We all know London, our son was married in an area of Suffolk that you display, my wife and I have visited Lindisfarne, and spent a recent holiday walking the length of Hadrians Wall; as children I and my sisters had seaside holidays at Presytatyn, we took my Mother on a tour of Exmoor on her very last return trip to England before she died (she was utterly delighted by it), and we've done some splendid walking in Hardy country. So you see - spot on!
You must return some day and do another, perhaps this time visiting the Highlands of Scotland, doing a bit more of Wales (the wonderful Snowdon Mountain range and the glorious Pembrokeshire coast), and of course our beloved Lake District. But again many thanks.
The Dartmoor Folk Festival is one of the more popular annual events in the West Country. The festival features Step Dancing as well as lots more folk dancing and music. For the maximum pleasure, get yourself a camping spot and stay the weekend in as quaint an English village as you'll find anywhere.
The two photos (left and below left) show the range of architectural treasures to be found in the West Country. In the upper photo, Monty and his camera take in the widescreen vista of the world renowned Royal Crescent in Bath, where our travels begin. The Crescent was designed by John Woods, the younger, who, along with his father designed much of the look of present day Bath during the 18th Century.
In the lower frame, Marsha and her camera are pictured on the hillside beneath St. Catherine's Chapel at Abbotsbury. The Chapel was saved from destruction in the 16th Century (during the era of Henry VIII's monastic destruction) because it provided a convenient Naval lookout over the English Channel. The Swannery, another part of the monastery, remains as a tourist attraction and a home for the beautiful creatures (the swans.)