Most of the region is located on the South West Peninsula, between the English Channel and Bristol Channel.It has the longest coastline of all the English regions, totalling over 700 miles (1,130 km).Annual rainfall is about 1,000 millimetres (39 in) and up to 2,000 millimetres (79 in) on higher ground.Inland areas of low altitude experience the least amount of precipitation.The region is at the first-level of NUTS for Eurostat purposes.Key data and facts about the region are produced by the South West Observatory.
In North Devon the slates of the west and limestones of the east meet at Exmoor National Park.
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and consists of the counties of Gloucestershire, Bristol, Wiltshire, Somerset, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall, as well as the Isles of Scilly. The region includes the West Country and much of the ancient kingdom of Wessex. Other major urban centres include Plymouth, Swindon, Gloucester, Cheltenham, Exeter, Bath, Torbay, and the South East Dorset conurbation which includes Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch.