Our drive from Leeds 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.
The location was also perfect, with a local pub only a short walk away. Stunning views and nearby historic towns to visit. There is also a coastal walk, part of the South West Coast Path, from the Campsite to Ilfracombe. Unfortunately, this particular stretch was overgrown and difficult to follow but it all added to the adventure.
Here are some photographic highlights from our trip –
All pitched up with our oversized Airbeam tent and only a short walk to the coast.
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.
Our drive East, along the Bristol Channel coast, took us to a couple of interesting stops. The first visit was a ride on the Lynton & Lynmouth Cliff Railway joining the twin towns of Lynton and Lynmouth, separated by a steep cliff.
The second was 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.
We 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.
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.
North Devon is a lovely part of the world and we will definitely return as there is so much more to explore.