There is something quintessentially British about a camping holiday and with some of the best beaches and beautiful landscapes to be found in North Devon, there is nowhere better to set up camp!
When it comes to planning the perfect holiday, camping is a great option – not only is it suitable for those on a budget, but it is also something you can do with the whole family, including the dog, and will give you the freedom that other self-catering and hotel stays can’t. Besides, there is something very special about enjoying your first tea of the day while watching the sun come up! If you’re thinking about a camping holiday in North Devon, here are some suggestions of great sites to call home during your stay!
Hidden Valley is as the name suggestions, a hidden gem – located near the award-winning beach at Woolacombe, this site is open all year around and has a pretty sizable stack of awards themselves. The site is equipped with the best camping facilities, so there is no stress! Otter’s Creek and Kingfisher Meadow both have first class amenity blocks, with thermostatically controlled showers, as well as underfloor heating and disabled shower rooms and for those of you who want to take on the waves while here, there are even wet suit washing facilities.
From here, you can easily access the beach at Woolacombe, as well as the nearby beaches of Croyde, Saunton and Ilfracombe, so whether you want to have a go at surfing, build sandcastles or go for a coastal walk, there are plenty of options. You’re also close to a range of family friendly activities and the Tarka Trail is also nearby for those of you who want to explore further.
Speaking of the Tarka Trail, Tarka Trail Camping is a Green family-owned campsite right next to the trail. This campsite is open from Easter until September every year and is perfect for anyone who wants to get out and about. Based on Lower Yelland Farm, you are close to both Barnstaple, North Devon’s premier town, and Bideford – there is even a micro brewery next door for the parents to enjoy!
Dogs are welcome at both these campsites too, just remember to keep them on leads while in communal areas!
Elsewhere in North Devon is Riverside Caravan and Camping Park. This 5-star family and pet friendly holiday park is on the edge of the Exmoor National Park, so you’re surrounded by incredible countryside from every direction, as well as the River Mole, which is perfect for wild swimming or fishing. The site also features three well stocked lakes for those of you looking for a fishing holiday and there are reliable public transport links from the site’s entrance, so you can easily explore without having to take the car with you.
Riverside Caravan and Camping Park gives you the option of fully serviced pitches or jumbo grass pitches, so you can choose whether to set up tents or campervans and for those of you who don’t have your own home from home, there are a host of static caravans for hire too. There is even WiFi available, so you don’t have to miss a thing from home. With over 70 acres to explore, this is a great option for anyone who truly wants to see North Devon’s wild side.
If you’re someone who wants to feel secluded while still being close to civilisation, take a look at Mill Park Touring Caravan and Camping Park. Hidden in a wooded valley not far from the coast at Ilfracombe, this site is surrounded by attractive woodlands and is just a short walk from the beach and not far from the town centre. The nearest village is just five minutes away and has a relaxing and friendly atmosphere, ideal for anyone wanting to escape the every day.
Of course, being in North Devon means easy access to the Exmoor National Park where you can find a host of places to camp – just make sure you have permission from the landowners before setting up your tents! If you like the idea of camping on Exmoor, take a look at Westermill Farm Holidays which is just over the border in Somerset. It’s hidden away in the heart of Exmoor with 14 acres of fields with no set pitches to choose from. Being so central to the National Park, you can experience the delights of the Dark Skies Reserve, as well as enjoy walks, spotting local wildlife and there is even an option to bring your horse on holiday here too!
We know camping isn’t for everyone, as much as it is a tradition that is loved by many, some of us just don’t want to give up proper beds, running water and our own private bathrooms, but that doesn’t mean that we have to miss out on the fun! North Devon is also home to a range of glamping sites – it’s like camping but more glamorous! Many of the tents are spacious and private and even have their own bathrooms, central heating and king-sized beds!
HARTA retreat is one such glamping site on the outskirts of Barnstaple, where instead of pitching your own tent, you can enjoy the night in a cosy tipi. Each one has underfloor heating and lavish interiors, there are even electrical points to charge your devices! HARTA retreat’s stunning location and luxurious tipis make it the perfect option for a romantic break away - you absolutely must try to outdoor rainfall shower, trust us!
Have we inspired you to go camping (or glamping!) in North Devon this year? You can find more options here.