South West England

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

Bristol, EnglandCity of BristolBristol, UK
It is the largest in area, covering 9200 sqmi, and consists of the counties of Bristol, Cornwall, Dorset, Devon, Gloucestershire, Somerset, and Wiltshire, 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 463,400.

Cornwall

CornishCornwall, EnglandCounty of Cornwall
It is the largest in area, covering 9200 sqmi, and consists of the counties of Bristol, Cornwall, Dorset, Devon, Gloucestershire, Somerset, and Wiltshire, as well as the Isles of Scilly.
Cornwall (Kernow ) is a ceremonial county in South West England, bordered to the north and west by the Celtic Sea, to the south by the English Channel, and to the east by Devon, the River Tamar forming the border between them.

Dorset

DorsetshireDorset, EnglandCounty of Dorset
It is the largest in area, covering 9200 sqmi, and consists of the counties of Bristol, Cornwall, Dorset, Devon, Gloucestershire, Somerset, and Wiltshire, as well as the Isles of Scilly.
Dorset (archaically: Dorsetshire) is a county in South West England on the English Channel coast.

Somerset

SomersetshireSomerset, EnglandCounty of Somerset
It is the largest in area, covering 9200 sqmi, and consists of the counties of Bristol, Cornwall, Dorset, Devon, Gloucestershire, Somerset, and Wiltshire, as well as the Isles of Scilly.
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.

Wiltshire

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

Gloucestershire

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It is the largest in area, covering 9200 sqmi, and consists of the counties of Bristol, Cornwall, Dorset, Devon, Gloucestershire, Somerset, and Wiltshire, as well as the Isles of Scilly.
Gloucestershire (, ; formerly abbreviated as Gloucs. in print but now often as Glos.) is a county in South West England.

Devon

DevonshireDevon, EnglandCounty of Devon
It is the largest in area, covering 9200 sqmi, and consists of the counties of Bristol, Cornwall, Dorset, Devon, Gloucestershire, Somerset, and Wiltshire, as well as the Isles of Scilly.
It is part of South West England, bounded by Cornwall to the west, Somerset to the north east, and Dorset to the east.

Swindon

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Other major urban centres include Plymouth, Swindon, Gloucester, Cheltenham, Exeter, Bath, Torbay, and the South East Dorset conurbation which includes Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch.
Swindon is a large town in the ceremonial county of Wiltshire, South West England, between Bristol, 35 mi to the west, and Reading, the same distance to the east; the town is 71 mi west of London.

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: Stonehenge, the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape, the Jurassic Coast and the City of Bath. Areas of moorland inland such as: Bodmin Moor, Dartmoor and Exmoor experience lower temperatures and more precipitation than the rest of the southwest (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.

Bristol Channel

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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.

Thomas Hardy

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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.

Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape

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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: Stonehenge, the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape, the Jurassic Coast and the City of Bath.
The Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape is a World Heritage site which includes select mining landscapes in Cornwall and West Devon in the south west of England.

South West Regional Assembly

Following the abolition of the South West Regional Assembly and Government Office, local government coordination across the region is now undertaken by South West Councils. A regional assembly and regional development agency were created in 1999, then abolished in 2008 and 2012 respectively.
The South West Regional Assembly (SWRA) was the regional chamber for South West England, established in 1999.

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 southwest (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 also includes low-lying wetlands (such as Sedgemoor, also South West England).

M5 motorway

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The M5 runs from the West Midlands through Gloucestershire, Bristol and Somerset to Exeter.
The M5 is a motorway in England linking the Midlands and the South West.

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.

London Paddington station

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The Great Western Main Line runs from London Paddington to Bristol, Exeter, Plymouth and Penzance in the far west of Cornwall.
Paddington is the London terminus of the Great Western main line, operated today by Great Western Railway, which provides the majority of commuter and regional passenger services to west London and the Thames Valley region as well as long-distance intercity services to South West England and South Wales.

Cheltenham

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Other major urban centres include Plymouth, Swindon, Gloucester, Cheltenham, Exeter, Bath, Torbay, and the South East Dorset conurbation which includes Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch.
The town is near the northeastern edge of the South West of England region being 88 miles (140 km) west-northwest of London, 38 miles (61 km) northeast of Bristol and 41 miles (65 km) south of Birmingham.

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.

Dartmoor

Dartmoor National ParkDartmoor wildlifeDartmoor, England
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: Stonehenge, the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape, the Jurassic Coast and the City of Bath. Areas of moorland inland such as: Bodmin Moor, Dartmoor and Exmoor experience lower temperatures and more precipitation than the rest of the southwest (approximately twice as much rainfall as lowland areas), because of their high altitude.
Along with the rest of South West England, Dartmoor has a temperate climate which is generally wetter and milder than locations at similar height in the rest of England.

West Country

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The region includes the West Country and much of the ancient kingdom of Wessex.
The term usually encompasses the historic counties of (from west to east) Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, and Somerset, and is often extended to include Wiltshire and Gloucestershire, in the South West region.

Exeter Airport

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

South West of England Regional Development Agency

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A regional assembly and regional development agency were created in 1999, then abolished in 2008 and 2012 respectively.
Its purpose was to lead the development of a sustainable economy in South West England, investing to unlock the region's business potential.