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Monday, May 12, 2008

Lonely Planet Devon, Cornwall & Southwest England

Lonely Planet's Devon, Cornwall & Southwest England is certainly a recommended guide to include in your luggage or the glove compartment of your car if you are visiting this most alluring part of rural England. The guide includes over 300 pages on the area's main towns and places of interest but specific details are certainly kept to the minimum.

Lonely Planet Devon, Cornwall & Southwest EnglandExeter warrants six pages, Torquay five and Totnes only two. The guide skims the surface but will need to be supplemented with a trip to the local tourist office or the internet to pick up more detailed and gratifying information.

On the plus side, there are some excellent color photographs and the travel advice is precise, up-to-date and accurate. Negatives are the sombre, dark maps; there's no way you'd wish to navigate your way around Torquay on a moonless night in February after a beer or two with the LP map on page 179. Larger scale maps please Tony and bigger typeface!

The guide has good links to online resources and covers the area's best hotels, restaurant and drinking options. The book is certainly well written and full of knowlegable and hidden surprises, the authors obviously know the area well, more's the pity they were confined by space limitations to give so little detail as to what they saw and experienced.

At worst this guide is just getting there and getting away circa LP India 1988 and may be aimed more at the English-speaking overseas market rather than a native wishing to explore one of Britain's most attractive areas. However, we all need a starting point and this guide fits the bill at less than 8 pounds for lots of good travel pointers.

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