Journey from wild coasts, moorland and curious historic houses to lush gardens and beaches

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Gardens, walks and perfect picnics

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Kingston Lacy in Wimborne, Dorset

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High Brown Fritillary in the sun on a plant

A good news story: High Brown Fritillary is making a bumper early appearance 

The UK’s most endangered butterfly, the High Brown Fritillary, is making a bumper early appearance at a remote British habitat in North Devon, despite serious worries about their population.

A ranger guides a father and daughter rockpooling at Wembury, South Devon

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Places in the South West host everything from guided house tours and ranger days to walks and runs.

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Upcoming events


Nancy Belle boat trips from Cotehele Quay

Tue 17 Jul 2018
Climb aboard the 22ft 'Nancy Belle' and take a ride up the river.
Buckland Abbey

Art of Reflection - The Cosmic Egg

Tue 17 Jul 2018
A final flourish of the Art of Reflection exhibition

'Agatha Christie & Collins' exhibition

Tue 17 Jul 2018
An exhibition of Christie's 'secret' letters to her longstanding publisher HarperCollins is on display in the Walled Garden, created to celebrate HarperCollins' 200th anniversary.
The Church House

Moorland portraits

Tue 17 Jul 2018
A series of pastel drawings and pictures of ponies in their natural habitat by Giles Barton.
Coleton Fishacre

Conservation in action in Coleton Fishacre house

Tue 17 Jul 2018
You will be able to see how the conservation team take care of Coleton Fishacre house and collections. Watch the house team as they clean our unique and very delicate Marion Dorn carpet.

The Butterfly Count

Tue 17 Jul 2018
Pick up your count sheet and head to a quiet spot either in the garden or around the mill to see how many varieties of butterfly you can see enjoying this special place with you.


Home to remote and romantic landscapes, including a castle home and a house full of collections.


You can find exotic gardens, ancient houses and mining history encircled by a much-loved coastline.


There are country house estates and glorious Devon gardens, quirky homes and stories to uncover near Exeter