Get A Great Base And Explore Devon
Devon is a beautiful and diverse English county with everything from dramatic coastlines, windswept moorlands and golden beaches to gentle rolling countryside, sleepy fishing harbours, meandering rivers and ancient woodlands. Such variety makes it a popular destination for caravan holidays and as a result Devon’s caravan sites and facilities available are amongst the best, and most scenic, in the country.
The North Devon Coastline
The north Devon coastline has some top quality caravan parks that offer both touring pitches and static caravan holiday homes. The premier sites have spacious pitches and great facilities that cater for your every need, coupled with fantastic views of the sea. You’ll also be best placed to explore not only the excellent sandy beaches of Woolacombe, Putsborough, Saunton Sands and Croyde, but also the rugged scenery of Exmoor and Dartmoor.
Weather in the South West of England can be a little unpredictable so a caravan park with good facilities could make all the difference between staring glumly at the rain (or mizzle as it’s fondly known in the South West) or still being able to make the most of precious holiday time. Look out for parks that allow you to use facilities at their sister sites for free – great for those rainy days or if you just want to relax on a peaceful site but still fancy an activity, pampering day or some sociable entertainment.
Once you have pitched up and unpacked you are free to explore the glorious Devon coast and countryside knowing that you can come back and relax in your little piece of home from home to your own timetable. The nearby beaches of Croyde and Saunton are perfect for surfers or body boarders, Woolacombe’s long expanse of sand is great for all kinds of activities including watersports, sand castles and kite flying and Barricane, Combesgate, Rockham and Grunta are full of rock pool treasures.
Beaches and bays of a more tranquil kind can be found at Woody Bay, where lush woodland opens out onto a gorgeous shingle beach, and the pretty village of Lee nestled in the Fuschia valley, where the sandy beach and rock pools are only accessible at low tide – be sure to check the tide. The picturesque village of Lynmouth Bay nestles in the mouth of the River Lyn with its excellent museum and quaint cliff railway linking Lynmouth to Lynton. There’s also a beautiful woodland walk to the waterfalls in Glen Lyn Gorge.
Days Out In North Devon
North Devon has some gorgeous gardens, not least Rosemoor RHS garden near Torrington with its abundance of rare and indigenous specimens and imaginative landscaping. Also nearby in Torrington is Dartington Crystal where you can try your hand at hand casting a keepsake, glass blowing or decorating your own piece of Dartington Crystal to take away.
For a more active day get on your bike and explore the Tarka Trail, which runs through some of Devon’s loveliest countryside, villages and towns… and of course there are plenty of good local pubs on the way to keep you fed and watered.
The north Devon coast also boasts some of the most dramatic stretches of the South West coast path, with the highest point at Great Hangman where the cliffs rise 320m (1043 ft) above the sea with breathtaking views of Exmoor, the Welsh coast and Lundy.
Devon has not one but two stunning national parks in Exmoor and Dartmoor. Exmoor is right on the north coast and is a place of tranquillity and wilderness, with its red deer and the endearing Exmoor ponies running wild across the moorland as it stretches to the rugged coastline. There are plenty of activities to get involved in including walking, cycling, canoeing, horse riding, fishing and rock climbing.
Dartmoor is the larger of the two National Parks and is just under an hour away from the North Devon coast. Highlights are Castle Drogo, Becky Falls, stumbling across ancient neolithic sites and mediaeval abbeys, canoeing on the River Dart, and of course the dramatic landscape topped by awe-inspiring, craggy stone tors.
For top tips on local events, where to go and what to see ask the local staff at your Devon holiday park as they are bound to have some favourite secret spots and activities to share with you.