Aren’t beach holidays the best in the UK? Mile and miles of stunning coastline, sandy, family friendly beaches, plenty to do in and out of the water. The great landscape can be guaranteed so can the things to do but what can’t be guaranteed is the weather and with kids, it’s then finding what to do when its gets damp.
After many family holidays in North Devon staying on campsites around Combe Martin, lfracombe and Woolacombe as a child, I realised my parents has chosen a great, all weather destination for our summer holidays. Despite my plea to come rain or shine go down to the beach stating, “Well if I’m going to get wet in the sea it doesn’t matter”, my poor parents ladened down with wind breaks, umbrellas, blankets and packed lunches we less than enthusiastic.
But this inclement weather meant we did a lot more exploring, finding off the beaten tracks paths and even within woodland which seemed like we were in a completely different place having been on the big sandy beaches of Croyde and Woolacombe the days before. But that’s the thing with North Devon, it has all this within easy reach and all great for kids to take their mind off making sand castles and playing in the sea for a couple of days, heaven forbid but they may just do some nature learning too!
A friend has recently come back from North Devon after my advice as a place to take the family. They pitched up at Stowford Farm Meadows campsite in Devon which is more of a resort than a campsite with facilities galore. But it was their woodland walks in the 70 acre land the site has purchased that was the real hit with the kids. It got them walking, nature spotting, delving into the woodland for tracks, even foraging but all along waymarked paths. Apparently Anna cunningly made the kids walk the full 3 and half mile route ensuring they were completely shattered by the end! People camping or caravanning at Stowford get a welcome pack which includes a woodland walk map and kids can be nature detectives for the day hunting out 12 clues.
For more info on Stowford, the walks and to book visit http://stowford.co.uk/ or call 01271 882476.
P.S Anna & Lee recommend the local Devon ale and cider at Stowford’s Old Stables Bar, 3 and a half miles requires refreshments afterall!