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The Golden Hind and the dread pirate Sir Francis Drake

The Golden Hind: the ship that Sir Francis Drake sailed round the world and brought back to England laden with pirate treasure is now moored in Brixham harbour. (A replica of it, anyway.)

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Slapton Sands: D-Day Memorial and Wildlife Haven

Slapton Sands: a peaceful haven for wildlife where once men died practising the D-Day landings.

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Merrivale: A Prehistoric Gem

Merrivale in Devon's Dartmoor National Park is a gem amongst the prehistoric England sites.

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Hound Tor: home to the famous Hound of the Baskervilles

Hound Tor, the inspiration for Conan Doyle's Hound of the Baskervilles, can be dark and mysterious. But it's been home to people for centuries and - sometimes - a little cheek peeps out, too.

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Greenway: Agatha Christie's Holiday Home

Greenway, Agatha Christie's holiday home is a must-see for all fans of the 'queen of crime'.

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Devon: The Glorious County

Beloved of poets and holidaymakers alike, Devon is warm (for England), friendly, inviting and as spectacular inland as along its famous coast.

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Grimspound: a Bronze Age Settlement on Dartmoor

Grimspound: A Bronze Age Settlement on Dartmoor that became the home of the Hound of the Baskervilles

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Dartmoor Pony: Living on Dartmoor since the Middle Ages

The Dartmoor Pony: Living on Dartmoor since the Middle Ages

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Burgh Island: An Art Deco Gem Just off the Devon Coast

Burgh Island's famous Art Deco hotel has been a haunt of celebrities since it was built, but you can just as easily spot them sitting on the beach.

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Brentor and Brentor Church

Brentor and Brentor Church - a wonderful day out on your Dartmoor holidays

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Wiltshire - An Ancient County

Prehistoric stone circles, steam trains, quaint villages and endless open spaces - Wiltshire is an ancient county worth exploring.

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Stonehenge: An Ancient Mystery

It's one of the most recognisable landmarks in the world, yet Stonehenge is still a mystery.

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Castle Combe: one of England's prettiest villages

Castle Combe is one of the prettiest villages in England and a very popular film set, but you'll have to look hard to find the castle

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Avebury: A Stone Age City Steeped in Magic

130 times larger than Stonehenge, Avebury is the largest megalithic complex in all of England.

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Gloucestershire: Between Fashion and Opportunity

Gloucestershire does picturesque like few other English counties, but don't let that fool you. It's fashion-consicous and very modern underneath.

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Cotswold Olimpicks

Have you ever cheered a shin-kicking contest or watched a shuffle-board race? If that experience has so far escaped you, make your way by the quickest route to the Cotswold Olimpicks!

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Berkeley Castle

Berkeley Castle is most famous as the scene of King Edward II's gruesome murder, but what are its other claims to fame?

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Wenlock Priory

A religious site since 680AD, Wenlock Priory is now an atmospheric, peaceful ruin at the edge of a bustling market town.

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The Wenlock Olympian Games

When Dr. William Penny Brookes dared to dream, he invented the Olympics. The Wenlock Olympian Games have been held since 1850.

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Tar Tunnel

Tar tunnel is one of the ten musuems that make up the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site in Shropshire.

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Snailbeach Mine

Once the largest producing lead mine in Europe, Snailbeach Mine in the beautiful Shropshire hills has been mined for almost 2000 years.

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Shropshire: Land of Strife and Industry

Shropshire, filled with ruined castles, wonderful restaurants and exceptionally fine walking, is a dream destination for history, food and outdoor enthusiasts alike.

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Shrewsbury Abbey

The atmospheric Shrewsbury Abbey

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Shrewsbury - An exploration of Shropshire's county town

The historic town of Shrewsbury, the county town of Shropshire, is home to over 600 listed buildings.

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Offa's Dyke

Offa's Dyke is a great Anglo Saxon earthwork that runs from Chepstow to Prestatyn through the English Welsh boarderlands.

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