|Author||Belinda Dixon, Lonely Planet, and Oliver Berry|
Cornwall and Devon in Southwest England are a popular vacation destination for the British. The area may be less well known on this side of the Atlantic. This newly published Lonely Planet guide to Devon & Cornwall is a great introduction.
The area has water on two sides (the Atlantic and the English Channel) and a rugged interior featuring heather covered hills, desolate moors, and a cliff-girt coastline. There's plenty of history to investigate, going all the way the back to the legends of Arthur, and the more recent stories embodied in "Jamaica Inn", "Lorna Doone", "The Hound of the Baskervilles" and even "Poldark". There are more modern venues in the form of snug coastal towns featuring beaches, art colonies, and surprisingly good food, courtesy of chefs escaping London for quieter places. This guide offers an introduction to Devon and Cornwall, a series of chapters exploring points of interest in the area, and some very useful practical tips on how to get there and get around, where to eat, and where to stay.
The book offers a selection of enticing photographs and some small maps and city graphics. The enterprising traveler may wish to invest in some additional maps with more detail for driving, biking, and hiking. Well recommended as a very readable introduction to a fascinating corner of the British Isles.