Are you planning a Devon camping break? Here’s our guide to making the most of your time in our beautiful county.
1. Explore, explore, explore
Coast path near Woodcombe Sand
Did you know Devon is the only county in England which has two separate coastlines (totalling over 300 miles)? In addition to this we’re also home to two National Parks, 5 areas of outstanding national beauty, four UNESCO designated sites and a whole lot of sunshine.
2. Prepare for all types of weather
Autumn storm over Drakes Island, Plymouth
Following the previous point, one thing to be aware of is Devon’s changeable weather. The climate of the South West generally involves cool winters and warm summers but the region is also the second windiest area of the UK. In addition to this government predictions show that the South West is set to become the hottest region in the UK, so bring lots of sun cream but also lots of layers! Worried about keeping dry when it rains? Why not take a look at our guide to Five Rainy Day Activities in North Devon.
3. Leave the Car Behind
To really get the most out of your holiday, try leaving the car behind. Here at Hidden Valley we’re lucky enough to have a bus stop right at the site entrance. This means you can experience great days out in Ilfracombe, Barnstaple or Bideford without the stress of finding a parking space. We also recommend finding a campsite with enough facilities for you to not even want to leave. For example here are some of the things we have to keep you entertained at Hidden Valley:
- Two children’s play parks
- Damn building in the streams
- Forest walks
- Otter spotting and bird watching
4. Prepare a local feast
Devon is renowned for producing fantastic food, from cheese, to meat and even wine – if you can think of it, there’s probably a chance someone, somewhere in Devon is making it. Why not make the most of this local produce and prepare a feast using only Devon ingredients. In our on-site shop we have meat from our local butcher – perfect for summer BBQ’s!
5. Hire a Bike
The Tarka Trail near Weare Giffard
With miles of quiet countryside and rugged landscape, hiring a bike is a great way to see some really interesting areas of Devon. If you’re in North Devon we recommend the beautiful Tarka Trail, which covers 21 miles of flat, traffic free riding between Braunton and Meeth.
6. Bring your surfboard
Whenever we write a guide about Devon, we always have to include this tip and that’s because Devon is renowned for its surfing spots. With a coastline as diverse as its landscape, Devon has waves to suit all abilities. One of the most surfed areas is the North Devon coastline just a short drive from Hidden Valley. If you’re looking to give surfing a try for the first time there’s plenty of local surf schools to choose from.
7. Look Upwards
Seeing as you’ll be out in the great outdoors anyway, it’s a great opportunity for a bit of stargazing. The West Country has some of the darkest skies in the UK, making it perfect for staring up at the stars. Exmoor National Park was recently designated as the first International Dark Sky Reserve in Europe so is definitely worth a visit.
However you choose to spend your camping break in Devon, we hope you have a great time!
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