Unit 3 - The West Country
The south west region of Britain is called the West Country, and includes the counties of
Somerset, Dorset, Devon and
Cornwall. It's a rural part of Britain with few big cities.
There are many dairy farms producing excellent cheeses, cream and milk and the traditional "Cream Tea" of tea,
scones, jam and very thick clotted cream is especially delicious.
The West Country is popular with tourists for its natural beauty, which has inspired many famous novels and films. The
coastline and beaches are spectacular, especially around Cornwall, and inland there are large areas of wild countryside called
moors. Exmoor was the setting for
"Lorna Doone" by R.D. Blackmore, and Daphne du Maurier's
"Jamaica Inn" can be found on Bodmin Moor.
Bristol is the biggest city in the West Country. Situated on the river Severn estuary, it was a major port and is full of
maritime history. You can take a tour of Brunel's famous steam ship the
S.S. Great Britain, visit the aquarium, or see how Bristol's traditional
blue glass is created.
The most popular attraction in the West Country is The Eden Project near St Austell in Cornwall.
The project was built on an old clay mine, and consists of several huge
dome-shaped greenhouses, housing plants from all over the world. The aim of the project is
environmental education, as well as conservation and research.