The county of Devon is renowned for being one of the most beautiful in the UK. With its Jurassic coastline, captivating castles and rolling countryside, it’s the perfect place to escape for a weekend in your campervan.
Devon is also a surfer’s paradise, with Newquay, Woolacombe and Croyde boasting the best waves for surfers of all abilities. You’ll even find a number of surf schools here if you want to brush up on your technique before going solo.
Once you’ve compared quotes at Motorhome Protect, and found the right cover for you, you’re ready to get going. But where you should stop along the way? Here’s our roundup of five of the most captivating campsites the county has to offer. Which one will you choose?
Opening times: 19th April – 30th September
What’s on offer? Camping and glamping are available at this picturesque spot in North Devon. The beautiful Croyde Bay is just a stone’s throw away, so surfers and beach lovers will be in their element. The campsite is also affiliated with surf school partner Surfing Croyde Bay, so if you’ve got little ones over eight (or big ones) who want to learn to ride the waves, this is the spot for you. And if you’ve never tried standup paddle boarding, now’s your chance, with hire prices starting from £25 for half a day including the wetsuit.
If you prefer staying on dry land, there are plenty of walking and cycling routes to explore. With a number of electrical hook-ups on site, this is the ideal place to bring your classic VW camper. However, if you’re planning to bring something larger, it’s best to check with the campsite before booking.
With free Wi-Fi, hot showers and a new Snack Shack open for the 2019 season, this is the ideal place to relax after a busy day on the road (or in the sea).
Opening times: 29th March – 3rd November
What’s on offer? If you plan on bringing your pet pooch along with you on your next campervan adventure, Lobb Fields Touring and Camping Park in Braunton, North Devon, is for you. It’s situated close to North Devon’s beautiful Saunton Sands beach, which is open to dogs all year round.
If you want to take a break from the camper for one night, Lobb Fields also offers bohemian-style bell tents, courtesy of their partners at Native. They come fully-furnished, guaranteeing the ultimate glamping experience.
Out of 180 large pitches, 121 have electrical hook-up and with free Wi-Fi on site, a laundry room and hot showers, you’ll have everything you need for a comfortable stay. They’ve even got hair straighteners, just in case you forget yours!
They also have a handy events page on their website so you can plan your trip around Devon’s bustling markets, festivals and seasonal events.
Opening times: Call 024 7647 5426 for information
What’s on offer? Stunning views of Dartmoor National Park await you at this pretty campsite, where you’ll find grass and hard-standing pitches with electrical hook-ups. This dog-friendly site offers all the mod cons including laundry, shower rooms, disabled facilities and a convenience shop so you can recharge your batteries before heading off to the National Park Visitor Centre at Princetown or to the world heritage town of Tavistock, just two and a half miles away.
A national cycle route (number 27, Ilfracombe to Plymouth) runs near to the site if you want to get active on your trip. If you have a film buff in the family, pay a visit to the village of Sheepstor, where Stephen Spielberg’s Warhorse was filmed. Or if you prefer natural wonders, wander up to Lydford to find the 100ft Whitelady Waterfall.
One word of warning – as this is Devon, the lanes can get very narrow. And as the Camping and Caravanning website suggests, you should use a printable local map to find the site rather than relying on your sat nav. Another reason to have good campervan insurance in place!
Opening times: 29th March – 3rd November
What’s on offer? If you want explore a site of shipwrecks and lost souls, Rockham Bay in North Devon is the place to indulge your pirate fantasies. North Morte Farm can be found a short walk up the South West coast path above the beach, a family-run site that’s been going since the 1940s.
The quaint village of Morthoe is a five-minute stroll away if you want to stock up on supplies, have a pint in the local pub or pick up a takeaway.
Little ones will be happy in the play area and under-5s go free, so good news for young families having a budget break in their camper.
With free hot showers, launderette, Wi-Fi and gas exchange, this is a great base from which to discover this historical part of the world.
Opening times: 1st April – 28th September
What’s on offer? The question should really be what isn’t on offer at this amazing site for families, based in the Dartmoor National Park!
The River Dart National Park offers camping, campervan and motorhome pitches from April to September, along with a whole host of activities to keep the entire family entertained.
From high ropes to kayaking, zip wires and zorbing balls, this place is packed with outdoor adventure activities at every turn.
If you want to have a quick go at everything, the Dare Devils activities are a good choice. Supervised by an instructor, you pay £1 per token and select the activity of your choice. For example, the mega zip wire is six tokens, while the climbing wall is five tokens for all day.
If you want more of a bespoke adventure, just for your family, the adventure days will be for you. You’ll get your own instructor, who will supervise your kayaking, caving or canoeing trip and lots more besides. Adventure days run on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from the end of May to the end of August.
Camping includes free entry to the park for the duration of your stay and you have to book a minimum of three nights in high season, which just shows you the popularity of this amazing site.
Protect your investment with campervan insurance
Whether you own a classic VW camper or a more modern RV, campervan insurance is a must before you set off on your adventures in Devon.
Here at Motorhome Protect, we’ll search our panel of insurers to find you our best quotes on campervan insurance to suit your needs.
Campervan insurance arranged through us can include benefits like:
- Unlimited EU cover
- Cover for a value up to £150,000
- Up to £3,500 for camping personal effects
- Cover whilst you’re converting your camper
- Discounts for club members
Talk to our friendly team today and find the right campervan insurance for you!