Literary landscape

Reading enthusiasts can call at the former homes of Thomas Hardy, and see the towns and landscapes in which his novels are set, follow John Fowles’ French Lieutenant’s Woman to Lyme Regis, and discover the Cornwall described by Daphne du Maurier and Rosamund Picher. Children will love Harry Potter’s connections with Gloucester and the pretty village of Lacock.

And there are pretty villages a plenty – from tiny Cornish fishing ports like Polperro, Selworthy set in wild Exmoor or Castle Combe, in classic Cotswold style, and once labelled the prettiest in England.