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Manaton is one of the villages we recommend you visit within Dartmoor National Park.

The village is located in one of the most beautiful areas within the National Park and there’s easy walking into Lustleigh Cleave to the east and towards Hound Tor and Haytor Rocks to the south.

If you’re holidaying around Manaton and want to discover the local area, here are some Top 10 lists. The lists cover local attractions but they also offer some ideas for things to do a little further afield.  We include some awesome views:

Top 10 Things To Do around Manaton

Top 10 Tors around Manaton

Top 10 Views around Manaton

If you’re looking for some great cities, towns and villages to visit within striking distance of Manaton, we’d also point you in the direction of this list:

Top 10 Places To Visit around Manaton

If you have other suggestions, recommendations, photographs etc then please comment below or @picturetheuk on Twitter or mail james@picturetheuk.com Thanks.

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Devon Guide

We’ve been creating guides for all the counties, National Parks, AONBs, NSAs etc across the UK. One of the first to go live was a guide to Devon.

The guides are intended to offer a 5 minute overview of the destination they cover. A summary of important places to go (ie, within a county are there National Parks, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, noteworthy cities, towns and villages), the main attractions (UNESCO World Heritage Sites, major UK attractions etc), some maps allowing you quickly to locate the county and photos.  We’d then move into more detail with the other tabs we provide offering ‘Top 10 Recommendations’, lists of ‘Attractions’ (all geo-located on maps), lists of places to stay etc.

Devon, for example, offers information on Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks, the county’s five AONBs, its UNESCO World Heritage sites, its exceptional beaches and coastline and all its major cities, towns and villages.

So, take a look at our guide to Devon and if you have further recommendations or suggestions as to places we should include then please post here or @picturetheuk on Twitter or contact James Penman on james@picturetheuk.com. Thanks.

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Top 10 South West England

The South West is one of the UK’s most popular regions. Unsurprisingly, it’s home to many of the UK’s holiday hot spots. Devon and Cornwall are the main draws but there’s the Cotswolds and Jurassic Coast, Dartmoor and Bristol City. With so many National Parks and AONBs, exceptional attractions and stunning beaches, we’ve put together some recommendations to help you discover the region:

Top 10 places to visit in South West England

Top 10 things to do in South West England

Top 10 beaches in South West England

Top 10 towns in South West England

Top 10 villages in South West England

Top 10 museums in South West England

Top 10 views in South West England

We’d love to hear your recommendations, too, for the region so if you have some please post them here or @picturetheuk on Twitter or send a mail to james@picturetheuk.com. Thanks!

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Whilst the UK’s small in comparison to China or the US, the visitor is still faced with a bewildering choice of destinations, attractions, events etc when planning a holiday or short break.  Couple this with the increasingly bewildering amount of information on the internet and you have a problem.  How do you discover where best to go and what to do in the UK?

There are quite a few solutions out there.  Recommendations from friends is one, expert advice from professional travel journalists is another.  One solution that’s popular is the ‘Top 10’ list (or a variation on the theme such as ‘Best of’ or ‘Top 5’ or ‘Top 100’ etc).

We’ve been expanding our range of ‘Top 10’ lists on www.picturetheuk.com to cover, for example, England or a region such as The South West or a National Park such as Dartmoor or an AONB such as South Devon

We’re also expanding the type of ‘Top 10’ list we provide.  Taking Devon as an example, we now offer a number of options, for example:

Top 10 Places To Visit in Devon

Top 10 Things To Do in Devon

Top 10 Beaches in Devon

Top 10 Towns in Devon

Top 10 Villages in Devon

Top 10 Museums in Devon

Top 10 Views in Devon

Top 10 Rainy Days in Devon

Over the coming years, we’ll provide these handy lists for about 250 major destinations (eg countries, regions, counties, National Parks, AONBs, NSAs, cities) across the UK. We hope they’ll help people navigate the mountain of information that’s out there.

If there’s a particular place to visit or thing to do that you think should be part of these lists then please do contact us or leave a comment below.  We’ll also be providing this info for accommodation so if there’s a holiday cottage or hotel that you know of in a stunning location then please provide the info.

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