Devon is iconic for its seaside coastal paths, the idyllic countryside walks and of course, those famous Devonshire cream-teas. For those who don’t know, a cream tea comprises of a scone, clotted cream, strawberry jam (usually homemade) and a pot of tea to wash it down-a local delicacy you simply have to try if you’re in Devon!
…of course being from Devon myself I am slightly bias towards the second largest county in England – but I’ve travelled the world and I’m happy to call this place home, returning to it is something I even looked forward too!
It’s no wonder it is home to some of the most famous caravan sites in the UK, Devon is the like the Mecca for caravanning enthusiasts. Here’s my pick of the best – all featuring beautiful experiences providing the weather is on your side!
Although Devon isn’t renowned for its high crime rate, I did come across this article about caravan owners getting some of their valuables stolen. It seems like there are people willing to go around caravan sites looking for a quick buck. Goes without saying, always ensure your caravan is locked if you’re not nearby, and make sure you have some form of caravan insurance to cover your contents and damages that could be done to your vehicle. You can get this on the Caravan Club website.
Hidden Valley – Ilfracombe
Surrounded by the beautiful wooded valley, Hidden Valley isn’t a stranger to awards, winning 5 stars by Visit England and won Holiday Park of the Year in 2010. The site has a good atmosphere, not too quiet but still plenty to do. The on-site shop also offers Devon famous cream-teas, perfect for when you return from your walks.
Oakdown Touring Park – Sidmouth
Individual pitches make this a great trip for your privacy. Each detail has been taken care of here, with floral displays lining the pitches make the sight even more picturesque as you look on to the dying sunset. A truly beautiful place to visit in the Summer, but be warned as this does come at a cost, perhaps a luxury to finish off your Summer travels.
Hawkchurch Country Park – Axminster
Set apart from the busy towns, Hawkchurch Country Park is the perfect setting to unwind. Views stretch across the countryside, making this a unique caravanning experience in the depths of Axe Valley. There is plenty to do in and around Axminster, with coastal resorts and historic houses there will never be a dull moment.
Whitehill Country Park – Paignton
Sitting pretty in the Devon countryside, The English Riviera is only a few minutes away in the car. This busy caravan park has loads to do, including craft rooms, play areas and extensive walk and cycle trails around the whole of the park – you just choose how far you go! The site offers pitches for all types of backpackers, including tents, motor-homes and touring caravans.
Woodlands Grove Touring Park – Dartmouth
Sailing in Salcombe or the towns of Totnes, there is plenty to do around Dartmouth and South Devon. Exeter holds the marvellous structure of the Cathedral and offers a selection of high profile shops deep in the centre of the City. If that doesn’t take your fancy then Exmouth is a short drive away, with the seafront stretching for over 3 miles, a great way to spend the afternoon. Whatever you decide to do, the staff at Woodlands Grove always offer you a warm welcome.
So what are you waiting for?! Load that caravan up and head south to the land of beaches, open spaces, fresh air and a whole heap of amazing little pubs dotted along the country lanes!
I promise you that you’ll be back for more!