Little Meadow Campsite + what’s nearby

Information
Ilfracombe
North Devon
EX34 9SJ

Tel: 01271 866862

info@littlemeadow.co.uk

Website

Open between March 24 and September 30. 

This is a small, uncommerical camping site with panoramic views over the Hangman Hills of Exmoor, Combe Martin bay and the Bristol Channel with Wales in the distance. They offer quiet, peaceful camping in North Devon’s tranquil surroundings.

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Facilities

Tents, Motorhomes & Tourers

  • There are 50 generous sized with the majority offering electric-hook-up.
  • There are three drinking water points around the site.
  •  Recycling and rubbish point is situated on the shower block level.
  • Clean, modern shower block has free hot showers.
  • The washing up area is situated in the shower block and is complete with stunning views.
  • Laundry room (tokens can be bought in the shop for the washing machine) and ice-pack freezer.
  • Chemical waste toilet, which is situated next to the shower block and recycling point.
  • Shop, which stocks a range of local products including milk, bacon, eggs, homemade cakes, meat, baker’s bread and other groceries.
  • There is an outside table tennis table for use by all campers, and bats and balls can be purchased in the shop.
  • There is a large dog-run field where they can run off-lead.
  • The play area is a quiet, wooded, traffic free site where children can play on the swings, roundabout and big net.
Getting there

Please also note the directions for approaching our entrance – particularly if you are towing a caravan or trailer with you.

Little Meadow is situated between Ilfracombe and Combe Martin. Leave the M5 at Junction 27, take A361 towards Barnstaple. Just past the South Molton turn off, turn right at Allercross roundabout (signposted Blackmoor Gate, Combe Martin). Drive through Combe Martin and continue past Watermouth Castle. The campsite is situated approximately 500 yards past the castle on the left. This journey will take you approximately 1 hour from the M5 (junction 27). It is strongly requested that all incoming caravans approach Little Meadow from Ilfracombe direction driving East to avoid sharp turn in. If approaching from Combe Martin, pass Little Meadow entrance and go on to lay-by approximately ¼ mile further on, turn around and come back to approach entrance from Ilfracombe direction.

 

 

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What's nearby

The campsite sites just off the A399 between Ilfracombe and Combe Martin. There is opportunities for local walks and this includes walking to the nearest pub, about 1.5 miles away or the nearest village about 2.5 miles away, in the opposite direction. So, with that in mind, here are some highlights of places nearby both for walking and driving –

Watermouth Castle is not a true castle but a country house built to resemble one and is now a Family Theme Park. It is an easy 0.8 mile walk from the campsite.

Broadsands Beach. There is a path to the right of the bottom field, adjacent to reception, that takes you close to Watermouth Castle. You can then cross the A399, into Watermouth Harbour. Ideal for a photo opportunity as this is a lovely harbour.  Then continue to follow a path parallel to the main road until you reach a sign for the South West Coast Path. Take this path, which snakes around the border to Watermouth Valley Camping Park. You will eventually reach a viewing point for another photo opportunity. Continue to follow this path until you reach a sign for Broadsands Beach. The decent will take you down 202 steps and is only suitable for those who can cope with both the descent and ascent but if you can, then we would recommend it.

The South West Coast Path is 630 miles of waymarked paths, hugging the coastline of Devon, England. It stretches from Minehead in Somerset, along the coasts of Devon and Cornwall, to Poole Harbour in Dorset and runs straight passed Little Meadow Campsite.

Combe Martin Beaches is 2.7 miles away, so perfect for a walk along the South West Coast Path or drive via the A399. It has a large area of sandy beach, with facilities. Overlooked by scenic cliffs and close to the town of Combe Martin, about 1 mile to the town centre from the beach.

Combe Martin Wildlife & Dinosaur Park, about 4.5 miles from the campsite, is a Zoo set in gardens with theme park train ride, fossil museum and life-size animatronic dinosaurs.

Lynton & Lynmouth Cliff Railway is well worth a visit and is about 13 miles, by road, further up the coastline from Combe Martin.  We had a great day further information can be found in our ‘Read about our trip’ section below.

In the opposite direction, you will find Ilfracombe. 2.8 miles from the campsite. Here are some highlights –

  • Ilfracombe Harbour is the largest harbour on the North Devon coast and has been in existence as a port for several centuries. Trips to Lundy Island, coastal cruises, fishing, sea-life safaris and diving are all available. Take a trip on the Ilfracombe Princess and see seals, porpoises and sea birds nesting on the cliffs. Try your hand at sea fishing on Blue Fin or take an exhilarating tour of the amazing coastline on the Ilfracombe Sea Safari or on the Hampshire Rose, a former RNLI Lifeboat.
  • Verity Statue a 66-foot stainless steel and bronze sculpture named Verity, created by world famous artist Damien Hirst, stands on the pier at the entrance to the harbour looking out over the Bristol Channel towards South Wales. It has been loaned to the town for 20 years. The name of the piece refers to “truth” and Hirst describes his work as a “modern allegory of truth and justice”.
  • Ilfracombe Museum, featuring eclectic collections of natural history items & cultural relics & curiosities.

Croyde. There is plenty of ‘beach’ choice – Woolacombe Beach, Croyde Beach and Saunton Sands. With large expanses of soft sand, Surf Life Saving Club and cafes, it’s perfect for a relaxing day at the beach.

North Devon is a lovely part of the world and we will definitely return as there is so much more to explore.

 

 

Read about our trip

Following our stay in Leeds, our journey to Little Meadow Campsite, North Devon, took us just over 5 hours. This would be our first time in North Devon but we had researched this campsite. Its reviews were very positive but until you actually see for yourself, you are always cautious. Our trip from Leeds, post-Airbnb and Festival, had been straight forward and we arrived in good time. Once checked in, we were directed to our pitch. The campsite is situated on a hill but has been cleverly landscaped to create small areas of around 8 pitches to the left and right of the small road running up the centre. Each of these sections has lovely views of the sea below. We were pitched in the section that was first right and it was perfect. The campsite has a lovely quiet feel to it. Well maintained and with facilities that fit in with the surroundings.

 

It wasn’t long before we were soon all pitched up with our oversized Airbeam tent and only a short walk to the coast. And relax! We were pitched next to a friendly couple who informed us that they had camped several times in North Devon before but the weather had been poor and this was their best year yet. For those of you who camp regularly, you may be familiar with the situation I am about to describe. It goes something like this – you strike up a sociable conversation with your neighbours, you assess their personalities and decide if you like them or not, you try balance giving them privacy or being to sociable and in the end, giving them privacy usually becomes the choice. That’s what happened on this occasion and thinking back on it, we probably missed out on getting to know a nice couple. We have decided to be more proactive and try to get to know fellow campers, in future!

 

The location was also perfect but there is no local pub and we had to wait until we were out walking before we discovered the The Sandy Cove Hotel, about 1.5 miles away. It is a nice place for a drink, with stunning views across the Bristol Channel.

 

There is also a coastal walk, part of the South West Coast Path, from the Campsite to Ilfracombe, so we decided to explore it. Unfortunately, this particular stretch was overgrown and difficult to follow but it all added to the adventure. It was another scorcher of a day and Ilfracombe looked every bit the seaside resort. With its picturesque harbour and nearby cliffs, it made our pleasant walk even more so. You will find many photo opportunities as you stroll around the horseshoe shaped sandy beach, with stranded boats, waiting for the tide to come in.

 

There is a short walk from the campsite to the picturesque Watermouth Harbour and the striking looking Watermouth Castle that turned out to be a theme park, which took us by surprise.

Just opposite the castle is a path that is part of the South West Coast Path, taking you passed another campsite, Watermouth Valley Camping Park which was a lot busier than ours but is a perfect location for Watermouth Castle. Once passed this campsite, you reach a viewpoint looking down on Broadsands Beach. This view is well worth the walk and if you are feeling energetic, you can take the 202 steep steps down to the cove below. We were fortunate to have it all to ourselves, which added to the atmosphere of our surroundings. That said, obviously due to the steep climb back up, there is a section full of rubbish. Dropped by lazy and thoughtless visitors!

 

We took a drive East, along the Bristol Channel coast, to take a ride on the Lynton & Lynmouth Cliff Railway joining the twin towns of Lynton and Lynmouth, separated by a steep cliff. It’s an engineering marvel, making use of two carriages as counterweights. Thus, enabling each carriage to make the decent from Lynton to Lynmouth. This was a short but enjoyable trip that gave us a taste of a bygone era.   

 

We would also recommend a tranquil walk along the East Lyn River. Location of the Lynrock mineral factory. The factory was destroyed in the flood of 1952 when 23cm of rain fell in one day. Altogether 34 people died, 93 buildings were demolished and thousands of people were left homeless.

This walk takes you out of Lynton and into a pleasant woodland walk that’s not too taxing but we had picked one of the hottest days of the year and were glad to stumbled across a perfect spot for refreshments and shelter from the hot summers day, The Lodge at Myrtleberry, before heading back the way we came. We would recommend this walk, which was no more than 4 miles round trip and full of interesting things to see along the way. One such interesting photo opportunity is a tree with its bark covered in coins. All inserted into the bark, via their edges, possibly hammered in for some unknown reason but very unusual looking.

 

The following day, we headed west along the coast towards Croyde for a day at the beach and we were not disappointed. There is plenty of ‘beach’ choice – Woolacombe Beach, Croyde Beach and Saunton Sands. With large expanses of soft sand, Surf Life Saving Club and cafes, it’s perfect for a relaxing day at the beach. If you are needing to stretch your legs, the South West Coast Path passes by with local signage directing you to viewpoints and points of interest. During our walk along this coastline, we stumbled across the Barricane Beach Cafe, down some boardwalk stairs and onto a sheltered cove. At first, we thought the sand was brilliant white but it was actually made from shells, many of them crushed underfoot which gave it a fine brilliant white effect. The coffee wasn’t too bad either!

North Devon is a lovely part of the world and we will definitely return as there is so much more to explore.

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