See Top Bird's Eye Views of SW England

Devon and Dorset: Jurassic Coast
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England from Above in 4K


The South Coast of Great Britain contains some of the island's most remarkable natural scenery, including the Jurassic Coast which stretches from East Devon in the west to Dorset in the east.  Top contributor BigHeadGreg, created this marvelous aerial tour of the natural wonders of the coast.  His video includes bird's eye views of Old Harry Rocks and Durdle Door on the Jurassic Coast and Seven Sisters chalk cliffs further east in East Sussex.  

Dorset: Corfe Castle
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Corfe Castle


Corfe Castle is an 11th century fortification in Dorset on the English South Coast.  Built by William the Conqueror, it was one of the first castles to be built partly with stone.  It has played an important role through many episodes of British history, including the English Civil War, and it is one of the most recognized historical sites in the southern UK.  In this amazing video, contributor Benpwalis flies a drone over this amazing Norman castle, an English cultural treasure.

Cornwall: St. Michael's Mount
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Beautiful St Michael's Mount Film


Michael's Mount is a small island in the southwestern corner of England.  It is connected to the mainland of Cornwall by causeway.  The island, which is protected by the UK's National Trust, has just a few dozen residents.  It has been occupied, albeit not continuously, since at least 2500 BC.  Contributor Osker C Drone Photography used a DJI drone to create this spectacular aerial view of this tiny island  sitting at very nearly the southwestern corner of Great Britain.

Dorset: Old Harry Rocks
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Old Harry Rocks in Winter 4K

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Old Harry Rocks sit off the Isle of Purbeck in Dorset, England.  These giant chalk stones are one of the key sites along the Jurassic Coast, a 150 km (95 mi) stretch along England's South Coast which has been designated by UNESCO World Heritage Natural Site.  Contributor Alta Vista Epic Aerials flew a drone over Old Harry Rocks and created this stunning bird's eye view of this natural wonder, one of the most well known natural sights in the United Kingdom.

Summer in Cornwall
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Summer Has Landed in Cornwall


Cornwall is probably the easiest county to identify on a map of Great Britain - it's the very southwestern tip of the island.  Cornwall contains some of the oldest inhabited areas of Britain, and it bears some similarity to Wales and Scotland in that the Roman influence was comparatively minor.  As one might expect from a glance at a map, Cornwall is dominated by its coastline.  Cloudpixel created this memorable aerial look at the Cornish coast in early summer.

Aerial Tour of Dorset
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Dorset from Above


Dorset is the easternmost of the three coastal counties on England's southwestern coast, immediately to the east of Devon and two counties over from Cornwall.  In this video, contributor Richardhurst treats us to an aerial tour of Dorset, which he created with a DJI Inspire drone.  The video features aerial footage of Core Castle, Durdle Door, St Catherines Church, Osmington White Horse, Old Harry Rocks, Weymouth Beach, Portland Bill, and Chesil Beach.

Glastonbury Tor, Stonehenge, Cheddar Gorge
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Somerset Aerial: Glastonbury Tor, Cheddar Gorge, and Stonehenge


Contributor ForAdun brings us this beautiful aerial tour of some of the most important sights of two counties in southwestern England.  The video opens with a beautiful view of the 4-5,000 year old ruins of Stonehenge in County Wiltshire.  From there it moves to Cheddar Gorge in neighboring County Somerset, the site of Britain's oldest human skeleton.  The video wraps up with some epic footage of Glastonbury Tor (also in Somerset), an iconic hill atop which sits St. Michael's Tower.

Devon: Ladram Bay
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DJI Phantom 4 - Ladram Bay, Devon UK

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Ladram Bay is in eastern Devon on the western end of the Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Natural Site known for its stunning rock formations.  Contributor Dronestuffbyrich used a DJI Phantom 4 drone to capture this marvelous bay and its well recognized Sea Stacks, massive sandstone formations which poke out from the sea and are spectacular when seen from a bird's eye view.

Dorset: Poole
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Poole Park and Poole Quay at Sunset

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Southwestern England is known in part for its beaches and recreational areas.  One of the biggest destinations is the town of Poole, which sits in a natural harbor in Dorset.  Its port was once one of the busiest in England, and in World War II it was an important departure point for the D-Day landings.  Contributor AVEA (Alta Vista Epic Aerials) created this beautiful drone video of the harbor and the town, the second largest in Dorset after Bournemouth.  

Dorset: Portland Bill
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Portland Bill & Lighthouse - Short Cinematic Film

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Alta Vista Epic Aerials brings us this fantastic drone video of one of the most well recognized spots in Southwest England.  Portland Bill is a small island connected via sand bar to the mainland just south of Weymouth in Dorset.  At the southern end of the island is a narrow promontory, upon which sits the Portland Bill Lighthouse.  The lighthouse is one of England's most important; it protects ships moving through some of the most dangerous waters in Great Britain.  

Sunrise at St. Michael's Mount
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St. Michael's Mount: Catching the Perfect Sunrise

Joshua Paul Gardner

Contributor Joshua Paul Gardner drove through the night to be able to create this magnificent early morning shot of one of the most iconic sights in England.  St. Michael's Mount is a tiny island off the coast of Cornwall, the southwesternmost county of Great Britain.  The island bears considerable similarity (including its name) to Mont St. Michel in Normandy, France.  Like the French island, it is a tidal island - connected to the island at times, but with no permanent bridge.

Cornwall: Godrevey Lighthouse
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Godrevy Lighthouse: The Best Sunset Views in Cornwall

Joshua Paul Gardner

Contributor Joshua Paul Gardner used a DJI Phantom drone to create this amazing video of an important lighthouse in the South of England.  The Godrevy lighthouse was built in the 1850's on St. Ives Bay, on the northern side of the western tip of Cornwall.  It was built as a navigation aid around the Stones Reef, which had caused many shipwrecks over the years.  In 1854, a passenger ship with about 40 onboard wrecked on the reef, providing the final impetus for the lighthouse to be built.  

Devon: Dartmoor National Park
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North Burrator

Flying Horizons

While Southwestern England is generally associated with its coastlines, it offers some spectacular scenery on its interior as well.  Dartmoor is a moor (upland area) in Devon, the next to westernmost county of the island.  Most of the area, which lies northwest of Plymouth, is now part of Dartmoor National Park.  Contributor Flying Horizons used a Yuneec Typhoon H drone to create this stunning video of the area around North Burrator, a small town which lies entirely within the park. 

Devon: Torbay
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Torbay: A Little Bit of Heaven


Torbay is a borough of Devon, in Devon on the southwest coast of Great Britain.  The area is one of the longest settled in all of England, with habitation going back many centuries.  It consists of three iconic looking seaside towns lined up along a bay - north to south, Torquay, Paignton, and Brixham.  Contributor CCaerialsolutions created this amazing aerial tour of the area, a "Little Bit of Heaven", which lies a short distance to the south of the larger port of Exmouth.

South Devon
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South Devon from Above


Contributor ccaerialsolutions used three different DJI drones to create this lovely mini-tour of the South Devon coast in Southwestern England.  Devon sits just to the east of Cornwall, at England's very southwestern tip.  Like Cornwall, Devon has two coasts - a northern coast on the Bristol Channel and a southern coast on the English Channel.  The video includes footage of some of the most famous towns on this southern coast, namely Paignton, Torquay, Exmouth, Goodrington, and Dartmouth.  

Dorset Coast
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Stunning Dorset Coastline England

Jason Sturgess

Prepare to be blown away by this stunning 4k drone video of England's Dorset coast.  County Dorset is in Southwestern England, to the east of Cornwall and Devon.  Its coastline offers some of the most spectacular natural scenery in England.  It's the heart of the so-called Jurassic Coast, which runs from Studland Bay west to Exmouth in Devon.  The unusual erosion patterns here have exposed rock formations from three different geological periods, covering almost 200 million years.

Gloucestershire: Severn Valley
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Stroud, Gloucestershire: DJI Inspire

Kevin Watkins

Contributor Kevin Watkins used a DJI Inspire drone to create this beautiful video of an area of the Severn River Valley in Southwestern England.  Stroud is a town in the middle of Gloucestershire, the county where the Severn River (the longest in England) becomes the Severn Estuary which then flows into the Bristol Channel.  The video was shot during the beautiful Fall season.  The aerial views of the misty rolling hills are simply spectacular.

Wilshire: Wardour Castle
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Old Wardour Castle


Wardour Castle is one of the most well known castles in southwestern England.  Situated in County Wiltshire (not far from Salisbury), the castle played an important role in England's War of the Roses.  Its iconic look has led to numerous movie appearances; the 1991 film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and the 2016 film Journey to Aresmore were both shot here.  In this video, you'll get a bird's eye view of this 14th century castle, compliments of contributor Mike1554 and his drone.

Devon: Burrator
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Moody Burrator

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Contributor Flying Horizons took this brilliant drone video of Burrator, a town in Devon in Southwestern England.  The town is part of the Dartmoor National Park, which was created to protect the highly iconic natural landscape of moors and rolling hills. Dartmore has a storied place in English literature; Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic the Hound of the Baskervilles, published in serialized form in 1901-02, was set here. Doyle spent months walking through the park beforehand for inspiration.

Cheddar Gorge
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Aerial Adventure // Cheddar Gorge Sunset // 4K

Joshua Paul Gardner

Joshua Paul Gardner takes us on an aerial tour of Cheddar Gorge, one of the most spectacular natural sites in the United Kingdom.  Formed by Ice Age glacial runoff, it's a limestone canyon in Somerset, not far from the Bristol Channel in Southwestern England.  It's not only the largest canyon in the United Kingdom but the discovery site of some of its oldest human remains: it was in one of the gorge's caves that Cheddar Man, the oldest intact skeleton ever found on Great Britain, was found.  

Cornwall's Caradon Mine
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Caradon Hill Mining Landscape


You've read the "Poldark" novels or seen the TV show adaptation, you'll appreciate that Cornwall in England was once very much mining country.  For centuries, tin and later copper extracted from Cornwall mines helped propel the economy of England.  Mining in Cornwall is now completely relegated to history; the last mines closed near the turn of the 21st century.  In this video by contributor Inspirecornwall, you'll get an epic bird's eye view of Caradon Hill, once the site of innumerable mines.

Farming in Gloucestershire
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Potato Planting. Gloucestershire U.K. (4K)

Kevin Watkins

While farm mechanization began with the harvesting process, the mechanization of planting is equally important.  Precise planting in order to conserve seed and maximize yield depends on a host of technologies, including high horsepower tractors.  In this video, contributor Kevin Watkins uses a drone to show how the process of mechanized potato planting.  The video was shot in Gloucestershire in the southwestern UK.

Gloucestershire: Forest of Dean
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The Forest of Dean by DJI Mavic Pro

Ro-Jo Goes

The Forest of Dean is a wooded area in County Gloucester in southwestern England bounded by the Rivers Wye and Severn.  The iconic forest was the inspiration for J. R. R. Tolkien's forested Middle Earth worlds in his famed book series.  Some decades later, the forests here served as a filming location for Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015).  In this video, you'll get a bird's eye view of this famed woods, courtesy of contributor and drone pilot Ro-Jo Goes.

Cornwall: Poldark Country
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Botallack and the Crowns Engine House, Cornwall


Botallack Mine was once one of the most important in Cornwall, the county in Southwestern England closely associated with copper and tin extraction.  Giant (for the time) engine houses lifted the minerals from up to 160 meters (about 500 ft.) below sea level.  The site was used as a filming location for the Poldark series, both the original 1970's version and the updated 2010's version.  Check out the famous mine from above in this drone video from Inspirecornwall.

Cornwall: Rouche Rock
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The "Famous Rock" and Chapel at Roche Cornwall UK


Cloudpixel created this remarkable drone video of a famous rock in Southwestern England.  It's a granite outcrop called Rouche, and it's located near a town named after it in County Cornwall.  The rock stands about 20 meters (66 ft.) tall and is of great interest to geologists due to its unusual chemical makeup.  Atop the rock is a ruined chapel, believed to once be the home of a leper.  Roche is located about midway between Cornwall's northern and southern coastlines.

Top Sights of Somerset
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Somerset, UK: Chedder Gorge, Glastonbury Tor, and Weston-super-Mare

Nathan Jermy

Contributor Nathan Jermy used a DJI Mavic Pro 2 drone to create this amazing aerial tour of some of the most iconic spots in Southwestern England.  The locations are all in County Somerset, just to the west of Dorset: (1) Cheddar Gorge, a canyon caused by glaciation and home to the famous Cheddar Man human remains; (2) Glastonbury Tor, a hill near the town of the same name, which is topped by St. Michael's Tower; and (3) Weston-super-Mare, a village on the Bristol Channel.

Devon: Burrator Dam
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Burrator Dam

Flying Horizons

Not all dams provide electricity; many of these structures are built for flood control or to provide drinking or irrigation water.  Case in point is Burrator Dam, in County Devon in southwestern England.  It's actually a system of two dams, with Burrator being the largest.  Situated on the River Meavey, the dam was completed in 1898 primarily to supply drinking water to the region.  In this video, you'll get a bird's eye view of this prominent structure, courtesy of contributor Flying Horizons.


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Beauty Of Britain