West Country is a loosely defined area of south western
England. The term usually encompasses the historic counties of
Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, and often the counties of
Gloucestershire and Wiltshire. The region is host to distinctive
regional dialects and accents.
Apart from the
Bristol Channel and English Channel, the West Country's
boundaries are not precisely defined and as a consequence there are a
number of different definitions used. Some definitions are roughly
synonymous with the administrative South West Region, while
others use it more specifically to refer to just the southwestern
part. The term is also used, for example, to refer to sports
matches between such cities as Bristol and Bath or Gloucester and
West Country Carnival
West Country Carnival events take place in Somerset, Devon,
Wiltshire and Dorset.
ITV Westcountry is an ITV franchise covering Devon, Cornwall, the
Isles of Scilly and areas of
Somerset and Dorset. Local news and sport
website "This is the Westcountry", part of the
similarly covers Devon,
Cornwall and Somerset.
West Country Lamb" and "
West Country Beef" have EU Protected
Geographical Indication (PGI) status which can be applied only to lamb
and beef products from animals born and reared in Devon, Cornwall,
Dorset or Gloucestershire.
West Country Farmhouse Cheddar" is a Protected Designation of Origin
(PDO) that can be applied to
Cheddar cheese made in the traditional
way only in the four counties of Somerset, Dorset,
The Department for Culture, Media and Sport-supported website "Icons
of England" defines the
West Country as including Cornwall, Devon,
Somerset, Wiltshire, and the former Avon area, but excluding
Gloucestershire (defined as part of the "West Midlands") and Dorset
(in "South England").
The "West Country" edition of the 2005 BBC TV series Seven Natural
Wonders featured "wonders" in Wiltshire, Somerset, Gloucestershire,
Herefordshire (Symonds Yat), but not those in
Devon or Cornwall
which were the subject of a separate programme on the "South West",
Dorset which was covered in a programme on "The South".
West Country Clothing District" was an area that made woollen
cloth, but only part of the region described above. It covered east
Somerset and parts of the counties of
Gloucestershire and Wiltshire
and at some periods extended into Oxfordshire and Berkshire. The
clothing district around Tiverton and
Devon and west
Somerset tended to make different kinds of cloth and is best regarded
The former brewery in
Cheltenham traded as
West Country Ales, whose
ceramic plaques can still be seen built into pub walls.
Scrumpy and Western
Scrumpy and Western music
South West Peninsula
West of England
West Country derby
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^ Guide to the West Country
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^ "PDO - our provenance".
West Country Farmhouse Cheesemakers.
West Country - Icons of England". Icons.org.uk. Retrieved
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