We have pulled together one of our favourite trips taking in the wild and open expanses of Exmoor National Park combined with a taste of the beautiful North Devon coastline.
After picking up your camper van from our Southampton depot, loading on all your essential holiday kit, head to Devon to begin your trip from the sseaside town of Sidmouth. A quick trip north from our base gets you onto the North Devon link road to make things simple, getting you to Dulverton on the edge of Exmoor before you know it. For your first stop of your trip, head into Exe Valley Caravan Site. The meticulously looked after site covers 4 acres alongside the Rive Exe, all the pitches provide generous space for pitching. Dogs are allowed on site and there is a specific exercising area for them. For more information check out their website: www.exevalleycamping.co.uk
Waking to the sound of birds, and probably not much else it's time to get the kettle on, grab some breakfast ready for today's adventure. Right on the doorstep is Dulverton, known as the gateway to Exmoor! Named in the Domesday Book, it still has many of the town's medieval characteristics to view. After having a look round and checking out the independent shops and renowned eateries - then Exmoor's famous Tarr Steps is only a few miles away.
As one of the popular destinations in the National Pack, you can park up and take advantage of the facilities before taking a stroll down to the ancient clapper bridge. Running alongside the beautiful River Barle and the heathland of Windford Hill is a manageable circular walk to take in the scenery and visit the Exmoor Ponies.
As the day is progressing, now is the time to take in the expanse of the moor by heading north again across the moor. With much alluring countryside to take in and a few photo opportunities, take your time and stop at your leisure to admire the views. Amble into Lynton late afternoon, famous for the Lynton& Lynmouth Cliff Railway it's definitely not to be missed while you are in North Devon. Badged as “Where Exmoor meets the sea” this place has oodles of character and is akin to stepping back in time. The water powered cliff railway is a must, but once you have traversed down to Lynmouth Harbour, you won't be rushing off! Not too far away, check out Channel View Caravan and Camping Park - as the name infers it has some breath taking sea views!
After another peaceful night and a leisurely breakfast, North Devon's golden sandy beaches are only a short hope down the coast. Take the coast road via Combe Martin and Watermouth Castle for more rugged coastline and breaking waves. On arrival take your choices between; lazing on the beach or riding some waves, a round of golf at Braunton, or take in some more of the countryside with the coastal walks. The shops and cafes in Woolacombe are as laid back and welcoming as you will ever find, so worth a wander...
At the end of the day, why not break up tomorrow's return journey by heading back to Tiverton and the Grand Western Canal. There's an intimate campsite called Minnows Touring Park Situated beside the Gran Western canal the site is conveniently situated in Mid Devon on the outskirts of the market town Tiverton.
Time to have a good breakfast then set off on the final leg of your journey to Sidmouth and back onto Southampton. We hope you've had a great trip and look forward to see you again!