Collect your van and head up to the rugged North Coast.
Stay at: North Morte Farm, Mortehoe, Woolacombe EX34 7EG (All the fun is in the searching for these places!!) Don’t be put off by the static caravans when you arrive or the very formal looking reception. Once you’ve driven over to the camping area your patience will be rewarded by the most spectacular views over the cliffs and to Lundy Island. There are no regimented spots and a wonderful walk to Rockham Bay. Great facilities here. Tel: 01271 870381 www.northmortefarm.co.uk Open Easter – September. The campsite is just five minutes walk from the village where there are three pubs – The Chichester Arms, The Smugglers Rest and The Ship Aground.
Woolacombe is a great location for surfing, with three miles of golden sand. If you are new to surfing you might like to book a lesson or two. Surf schools usually provide wet suits and boards. Prices vary from £25 - £35 for half a day. Try www.woolacombesurf.com This activity is suitable for all ages and abilities & guarantees you’ll sleep soundly following a lesson (it’s exhausting, but lots of fun) Experienced horse riders might also enjoy the opportunity for a gallop along the beach. Try Mullacott Equestrian Centre for more information. www.mullacott.co.uk Prices for 1½ hour beach gallop is around £55 and is suitable for experienced horse riders only. There are other options for beginners, too.
Venture further west, along the Devon Coastline to stay near Hartland Point and enjoy the miles of dramatic, unspoilt coastline.
Stay at: Loveland Farm, Hartland EX39 6AT A very small site (16 pitches), situated… “in an area of outstanding natural beauty…a mile from Hartland point in North Devon. The 6 acres of Loveland farm sit between rolling fields with the dramatic North Devon coastline just a stone’s throw from the site. Features beach huts, housing washing facilities, shower and composting toilet.” Tel: 01237 441894 www.lovelandfarmcamping.co.uk Open mid-March to end October.
Visit Clovelly or take a boat (£64 adult return) to Lundy Island The beautiful fishing village of Clovelly can be found just 5 miles from the campsite and is worth a visit. You do have to pay an admission fee but it is worth it: the cobbled high street itself is incredible and the harbour is beautiful. A traffic free zone, residents & businesses still transport supplies up the steep hill by wooden sledge and donkey. Plenty of eateries for lunch www.clovelly.co.uk
Day trips by boat to Lundy Island (£64 adult return) can be caught at Clovelly or Bideford. This traffic free island boasts spectacular scenery and the opportunity to catch sight of a puffin or a seal.
Travel further west to visit some picturesque fishing villages & Tintagel.
Stay at: Lower Pennycrocker Farm, Boscastle PL35 0BY Amazing views. Seven acre campsite, situated on a farm, close to several beaches and only three miles from the village of Boscastle. A short walk to the highest cliffs in Cornwall and the coastal path. Simple facilities but very clean. Tel: 07967 605392 www.pennycrocker.com Open Easter – end October.
The fishing villages of Boscastle and Port Isaac are equally stunning. Boscastle, having been restored following the devastating flood of 2004, is a wonderful location indeed. Beautiful buildings, cafes and shops, a large National Trust Centre & tearoom, and the famous Witchcraft Museum make this a great option for a visit. Just along the coast, Port Isaac is similarly stunning. Made famous by the popular TV series, Doc Martin, this village can be busy even in the winter. If you are interested in the myths & legend surrounding Tintagel then this must be on your wish list for a North Coast visit. The site is managed by English Heritage with spectacular scenery as a backdrop.
For your final night it is always worth coming a little closer to Okehampton. Roadford Lake is a great, peaceful location. If you fancy a spot of activity, fishing or kayaking sessions can be booked in advance.
Stay at: Roadford Lake Campsite, Lower Goodacre, Broadwoodwidger, Lifton, Devon PL16 0JL This campsite has views over the 740 acre lake, close to facilities for windsurfing, sailing, rowing, kayaking, fishing, walks and cycle trails, a licensed café and visitor centre. Electric hook up available. Loos and showers. Dogs welcome. About 30 mins from Okehampton. Tel: 01409 211507 www.swlakestrust.org.uk/leisure-activities/camping/roadford-lakeAnchor
It’s just a 30 minute drive back to Okehampton to drop your van off for 10am on your final morning. Don’t want to go home yet? Visit the stannery town of Chagford for a mooch around the shops and a cuppa in one of the many cafés. If you have brought your dog along you might prefer a riverside wander down at Fingle Bridge (25 minutes from O’Connors Campers). It is always worth ringing to see if the pub will be open there (Fingle Bridge Inn 01647 281287). Great riverside lunches, but odd opening times!
Shopping, eating & getting in the festive spirit!
A Tour of Dartmoor – ideal for star gazing, breath-taking moorland scenery and cracking cream teas!
Our Campsite Guide compiled from customer recommendations & local's favourites