South West Englandwikipedia
South West England is one of nine official regions of England.
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Bristol

BristolBristol, Englandcity of Bristol
It is the largest in area, covering 9200 sqmi, and consists of the counties of Gloucestershire, Bristol, Wiltshire, Somerset, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall, as well as the Isles of Scilly. The transport authorities of Bath and North East Somerset U. A., Bristol U. A., North Somerset U. A. and South Gloucestershire U. A. publish a single Joint Local Transport Plan as part of the West of England Partnership.
Bristol is a city and county in South West England with a population of 459,300.

Somerset

SomersetCounty of SomersetSOM
It is the largest in area, covering 9200 sqmi, and consists of the counties of Gloucestershire, Bristol, Wiltshire, Somerset, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall, as well as the Isles of Scilly. In the South West region the following transport authorities have published their LTP online: Bournemouth U.A., Cornwall U.A., Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Plymouth U.A., Somerset, Swindon U. A., Torbay U. A. and Wiltshire unitary authority.
Somerset ( or locally ; archaically, Somersetshire) is a county in South West England which borders Gloucestershire and Bristol to the north, Wiltshire to the east, Dorset to the south-east and Devon to the south-west.

Cornwall

CornishCornwallCounty of Cornwall
It is the largest in area, covering 9200 sqmi, and consists of the counties of Gloucestershire, Bristol, Wiltshire, Somerset, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall, as well as the Isles of Scilly. In the South West region the following transport authorities have published their LTP online: Bournemouth U.A., Cornwall U.A., Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Plymouth U.A., Somerset, Swindon U. A., Torbay U. A. and Wiltshire unitary authority.
Cornwall (Kernow ) is a county in South West England in the United Kingdom.

Wiltshire

WiltsWiltshireCounty of Wilts
It is the largest in area, covering 9200 sqmi, and consists of the counties of Gloucestershire, Bristol, Wiltshire, Somerset, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall, as well as the Isles of Scilly.
Wiltshire is a county in South West England with an area of 3485 km2.

Dorset

DorsetCounty of DorsetDorset, England
It is the largest in area, covering 9200 sqmi, and consists of the counties of Gloucestershire, Bristol, Wiltshire, Somerset, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall, as well as the Isles of Scilly. In the South West region the following transport authorities have published their LTP online: Bournemouth U.A., Cornwall U.A., Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Plymouth U.A., Somerset, Swindon U. A., Torbay U. A. and Wiltshire unitary authority.
Dorset (archaically: Dorsetshire) is a county in South West England on the English Channel coast.

Gloucestershire

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It is the largest in area, covering 9200 sqmi, and consists of the counties of Gloucestershire, Bristol, Wiltshire, Somerset, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall, as well as the Isles of Scilly. In the South West region the following transport authorities have published their LTP online: Bournemouth U.A., Cornwall U.A., Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Plymouth U.A., Somerset, Swindon U. A., Torbay U. A. and Wiltshire unitary authority.
Gloucestershire (, ; formerly abbreviated as Gloucs. in print but now often as Glos.) is a county in South West England.

Swindon

SwindonSwindon, EnglandSwindon, Wiltshire
Other major urban centres include Plymouth, Swindon, Gloucester, Cheltenham, Exeter, Bath, Torbay, and the South East Dorset conurbation which includes Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch. In the South West region the following transport authorities have published their LTP online: Bournemouth U.A., Cornwall U.A., Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Plymouth U.A., Somerset, Swindon U. A., Torbay U. A. and Wiltshire unitary authority.
Swindon is a large town in Wiltshire, South West England, between Bristol, 35 mi to the west, and Reading, the same distance east.

Devon

County of DevonDevonDevonshire
It is the largest in area, covering 9200 sqmi, and consists of the counties of Gloucestershire, Bristol, Wiltshire, Somerset, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall, as well as the Isles of Scilly. In the South West region the following transport authorities have published their LTP online: Bournemouth U.A., Cornwall U.A., Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Plymouth U.A., Somerset, Swindon U. A., Torbay U. A. and Wiltshire unitary authority.
It is part of South West England, bounded by Cornwall to the west, Somerset to the north east, and Dorset to the east.

Exmoor

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It includes two entire national parks, Dartmoor and Exmoor (a small part of the New Forest is also within the region); and four World Heritage Sites, including Stonehenge and the Jurassic Coast. Areas of moorland inland such as: Bodmin Moor, Dartmoor and Exmoor experience lower temperatures and more precipitation than the rest of the south west (approximately twice as much rainfall as lowland areas), because of their high altitude.
Exmoor is loosely defined as an area of hilly open moorland in west Somerset and north Devon in South West England.

Thomas Hardy's Wessex

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The region has also been home to some of Britain's most renowned writers, including Daphne du Maurier and Agatha Christie, both of whom set many of their works here, and the South West is also the location of Thomas Hardy's Wessex, the setting for many of his best-known novels.
The English author Thomas Hardy set all of his major novels in the south and southwest of England.

Thomas Hardy

Thomas HardyHardyHardy, Thomas
The Blackmore Vale was Thomas Hardy's "Vale of the Little Dairies"; another, the Somerset Levels was created by reclaiming wetlands.
He was highly critical of much in Victorian society, especially on the declining status of rural people in Britain, such as those from his native South West England.

Bristol Channel

BristolSevern Estuarywest English coast
Most of the region is located on the South West Peninsula, between the English Channel and Bristol Channel.
The Bristol Channel (Môr Hafren) is a major inlet in the island of Great Britain, separating South Wales from Devon and Somerset in South West England.

South Gloucestershire

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The transport authorities of Bath and North East Somerset U. A., Bristol U. A., North Somerset U. A. and South Gloucestershire U. A. publish a single Joint Local Transport Plan as part of the West of England Partnership.
South Gloucestershire is a unitary authority area in South West England.

Moorland

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Areas of moorland inland such as: Bodmin Moor, Dartmoor and Exmoor experience lower temperatures and more precipitation than the rest of the south west (approximately twice as much rainfall as lowland areas), because of their high altitude.
Moorland nowadays generally means uncultivated hill land (such as Dartmoor in South West England), but includes low-lying wetlands (such as Sedgemoor, also South West England).

West Midlands (region)

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The M5 runs from the West Midlands through Gloucestershire, Bristol and Somerset to Exeter.
The M5, which connects South West England to the region, passes through Worcestershire, near to Worcester, and through the West Midlands county, past West Bromwich, with its northern terminus at its junction with the M6 just south of Walsall.

A30 road

A30A30 trunk roadGreat South West Road
The A303 cuts through the centre of the region from Salisbury to Honiton, where it merges with the A30 to continue past Exeter to the west of Cornwall.
It used to provide the fastest route from London to the South West by land until a century before roads were numbered; nowadays much of this function is performed by the M3 (including A316) and A303 roads.

South West Regional Assembly

Following the abolition of the South West Regional Assembly and Government Office, local government co-ordination across the region is now undertaken by South West Councils.
The South West Regional Assembly (SWRA) was the regional chamber for South West England, established in 1999.

Shepton Mallet

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The Fosse Way ran through Bath, Shepton Mallet, Ilchester and south-west towards Axminster.
Shepton Mallet is a town and civil parish in the Mendip district of Somerset, South West England.

South West Councils

Strategic Leaders' Board
Following the abolition of the South West Regional Assembly and Government Office, local government co-ordination across the region is now undertaken by South West Councils.
South West Councils is an association of council leaders from the South West of England.

A303 road

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The A303 cuts through the centre of the region from Salisbury to Honiton, where it merges with the A30 to continue past Exeter to the west of Cornwall.
Connecting the M3 and the A30, it is part of one of the main routes from London to South West England, which runs to Land's End in Cornwall.

River Parrett

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According to the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, the Saxon Cenwalh achieved a breakthrough against the British Celtic tribes, with victories at Bradford-on-Avon (in the Avon Gap in the Wansdyke) in 652, and further south at the Battle of Peonnum (at Penselwood) in 658, followed by an advance west through the Polden Hills to the River Parrett.
The River Parrett flows through the counties of Dorset and Somerset in South West England, from its source in the Thorney Mills springs in the hills around Chedington in Dorset.

Exeter Airport

ExeterExeter AirportRAF Exeter
Passenger airports in the region include Bristol, Exeter, Newquay and Bournemouth.
Exeter Airport, formerly Exeter International Airport, is an airport located at Clyst Honiton in the District of East Devon close to the city of Exeter and within the county of Devon, South West England.

Fosse Way

B4114FossewayExeter (''Isca'') – Lincoln (''Lindum'')
The Romans established a defensive boundary along the new military road known the Fosse Way (from the Latin fossa meaning "ditch").
The Fosse Way was a Roman road in England that linked Exeter (Isca Dumnoniorum) in South West England to Lincoln (Lindum Colonia) in Lincolnshire, via Ilchester (Lindinis), Bath (Aquae Sulis), Cirencester (Corinium) and Leicester (Ratae Corieltauvorum).

Dumnonia

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After the Romans left at the start of the 5th century AD, the region split into several British kingdoms, including Dumnonia, centred around the old tribal territory of the Dumnonii.
Dumnonia is the Latinised name for the Brythonic kingdom in Sub-Roman Britain between the late 4th and late 8th centuries, in what is now the more westerly parts of South West England.

Wiltshire Council

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In the South West region the following transport authorities have published their LTP online: Bournemouth U.A., Cornwall U.A., Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Plymouth U.A., Somerset, Swindon U. A., Torbay U. A. and Wiltshire unitary authority.
Wiltshire Council is a council for the unitary authority of Wiltshire (excluding the separate UA of Swindon) in South West England, created in 2009.