Whitstone, Holsworthy, Devon EX22 6TW (Cornwall)
Situated close to Cornwall’s north-eastern coast, Hilton Woods is a fantastic choice to use as your base for exploring everything this beautiful region has to offer. Within reach of the park are two of the UK’s officially designated Areas Of Outstanding Natural Beauty, both featuring an array of great-value attractions and activities that offer something to excite everybody.
The Tamar Valley is formed by the rivers Tamar, Tavy and Lynher, dividing Devon and Cornwall, and with its Cornish mining traditions has a particularly important heritage. Yet despite the centuries-old industries that have played a vital role in shaping the area, the architectural gems that dot the landscape, and the firm grip that the locals keep on the cultural fabric, this is a vibrant and forward-looking destination, one that offers excitement and relaxation in equal measure to the visitor. Find unspoilt, remote spots along scenic walking trails through woodlands, wetlands or steep gorges, head out on two wheels via some of the best cycling trails in southern England, or explore pretty towns and villages that retain the same charming character that they’ve displayed for centuries. (Distance from park: 26.5 miles)
Making up an immense 370 square miles, the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty comprises nearly a third of the entire county, incorporating much of its most distinctive and iconic scenery. Explore the stunning Hartland Heritage Coast, offering 60 miles of breathtaking Atlantic views, rugged clifftop walks, quaint whitewashed cottages and traditional maritime communities. See the dramatic Pentire Point, as popular with dog-walkers as it is fossil-hunting families. Don’t miss the wild and beautiful Bodmin Moor, or the tranquil Lizard Peninsula. Whether you plan to get around by car, on foot or on two wheels, you’ll discover spectacular landscapes on all sides, fascinating heritage attractions and many gorgeous little villages that welcome visitors with their Cornish cuisine, cosy pubs and relaxed atmosphere. (Distance from park: 57.6 miles)