The rugged coast of the south west- Avis Car Hire Winchester
30 November 2014

UK Southern Escapes in Winter

Tracing a route through one of England’s best-loved regions, this is a UK road trip that neatly showcases the year-round charms of Hampshire and the West Country. With stops as diverse as history-rich Winchester and surf-swept Newquay, the 245-mile expedition provides a varied UK car-hire adventure. You’ll find the cities in a festive mood and the rolling landscapes of southern England thick with atmosphere. The route explores some timeless heritage spots, delves into the unrushed local culture and takes in the rugged winter drama of the area’s coastal scenery. And did we mention the log fires and hot pasties?

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  • Winchester

    With its exquisite old buildings and long royal past, the handsome cathedral city of Winchester stands as one of the most distinguished in England. Its tale involves everyone from Alfred the Great to Bloody Mary, and its streets today host some excellent boutiques and festive food markets. Heading out of town, the road rolls through pony-dotted New Forest heathland towards the Dorset coast, visiting traditional towns such as Ringwood and Dorchester, Thomas Hardy’s former home. You’ll arrive next at Weymouth, where the dramatic sailing action of the 2012 Olympics unfolded.

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    From 03/11/2014

    Take in Winchester's Grand cathedral along your road trip - Avis Car Hire
  • Weymouth

    The seaside town of Weymouth has a proud visitor heritage: George III stopped by on a road trip of his own 225 years ago, and the town remains a south-coast landmark with its long beach and 17th-century harbour. From here, the road heads west along the UNESCO-listed Jurassic Coast, marked by high red cliffs and craggy outcrops. Call in at the village of Abbotsbury, renowned for the winter flowering shrubs at its subtropical gardens, and take time too to visit spectacular West Bay, the setting for David Tennant TV drama Broadchurch. The road winds over the Devon border into Exeter.

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    From 18/11/2014

    The rugged Jurassic Coast - Avis Car Hire
  • Exeter

    Fitting its billing as the “Heart of Devon”, the one-time Roman city of Exeter combines 2,000 years of history with a lively arts scene – head to the atmospheric quayside area for a fine spread of independent shops, cafes and restaurants, or hire a kayak for a paddle on the water. Continuing through the West Country, skirt the sweeping plains and rocky hills of Dartmoor National Park. After crossing the Cornish border the route passes Jamaica Inn, the smugglers’ hideout made famous by novelist Daphne du Maurier. Drive on towards vibrant Newquay, and the seaside delights of Cornwall’s surf-bashed north shoreline.

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    From 03/11/2014

    Rolling landscape of Exeter-Avis Car Hire
  • Newquay

    Routinely voted one of the UK’s top seaside destinations, Newquay occupies a prime spot on the Atlantic coast. Its windswept white-sand beaches have given it legendary status among surfers – why not don a wetsuit and catch some winter waves? It’s a perfect location for both the more adventurous and those looking for that quintessential English ambience. The scenic drive out of town towards Penzance is another feast for the eyes.

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    From 03/11/2014

    Swap the car hire for a kayak - Avis Car Hire
  • Penzance

    Quintessential Cornish villages such as Perranporth and St Ives mark the way, while further south you’ll pass the floating parish of St Michael’s Mount. Placed at the southernmost tip of South West England, is salty-aired Penzance. Facing south-east onto the English Channel, here is an inherently attractive town where the Victorian prom is just a few short miles from Land’s End – itself a mere 3,147 miles from New York!

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    From 03/11/2014

    Complete your road trip with a visit to Land's End - Avis Car Hire
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