As the M5 comes to an end near Exeter the South West is only just beginning. Pick up Stanley and the Jurassic Coast is right on the doorstep. With 95 miles of amazing coastline this is England's first natural World Heritage Site - with many villages along the coast including the quaint fishing villages or Beer and Branscombe, or even the famous fossil destination of Lyme Regis there is more than enough to see.
Instead head east in the direction of the South Devon Coast to Torquay, Paignton - all part of the English Riviera. Drop into the beautiful fishing harbour of Brixham or step back in time to the historical and untouched village of Cockington. The West Country's involvement with the sea continues as you go deeper into Devon as you get to Plymouth with all of it's naval connections, perhaps stop to see the statue of Sir Francis Drake enjoying a famous bowling moment on Pymouth Hoe.
If you're looking for something more energetic then head north up The Atlantic Coast which is North Devon. There are the well know destination surfing beaches like; Woolacombe and Croyde along with many other smaller more intimate coves waiting to be discovered.
If getting your feet wet doesn't appeal the right in the centre of Devon is Dartmoor National Park with its many famous tors and well known villages including Widecombe, Princetown and Chagford. With nearly 400 square miles of moorland to investigate there are many deserted and beautiful locations to take in during your trip. As a National Park, Dartmoor has the well know Dartmoor ponies and other animals roaming the common land freely.
If you're looking to push on further into Kernow (Cornwall) to find out what all the fuss is about then there are no end of places to investigate - one trip just wont be enough! With an unrivalled mixture of holiday attractions and its natural interest of an area almost completely surrounded by the sea you will be spoilt for choice. Some of the well known holiday destinations including The Eden Project, The Lost Gardens of Heligan and St Michaels Mount are always popular - but there are fishing villages scattered along either coastline with the magic of Falmouth in the South or the more commercial Padstow with it's culinary theme which includes the famous chef Rick Stein's restaurant. Right on to the end? Then there's Lands End the most Southerly point of the country - time for a quick photo on the famous John O'Groats signpost.
If sightseeing isn't on the agenda for your break and you're looking to let your hair down then head to the North Cornwall coast and Newquay is beckoning. Known for its buzzing atmosphere and surfing culture where better to let off some steam! Hit Fistral Beach and see if you can catch the biggest surf usually seen in the South West - if it looks a little chilly then enjoy the beach cafes and take in the atmosphere and do some people watching.