5 Reasons to go Adventure Camping in Devon this Summer
With the gorgeous summer weather we’ve been having in the UK of late, many of us are starting to look forward to a glorious summer full of family fun and outdoor activities. One of the best ways to celebrate the Great British sunshine with your loved ones is by going camping. But don’t just settle for heading to your nearest campground – why not try out adventure camping?
The ultimate camping holiday for families, adventure camping is a great experience for kids and big kids alike. And we would wager that Devon is one of the best places to go adventure camping in the country! Here’s why…
What is adventure camping?
You could think of adventure camping as a family-friendly take on wild camping. Whilst wild camping involves camping outside of a designated campground and using very minimal equipment and resources, adventure camping takes this adventurous spirit and makes it more accessible to families who aren’t able to take the risk of having to forage for dinner!
Instead, adventure camping provides you with a simple campsite, a basic tent and equipment, and gives you a taste of the simpler approach to camping in the great outdoors, with all the necessities on hand.
This is the perfect way to connect with nature and develop your practical skills, cooking meals on a portable stove and pitching up the tent. But it is also great fun – think getting cosy by the fire pit with a game of cards, toasting marshmallows and singing songs around the campfire.
Why adventure camp in Devon?
So, with the whole of the UK to choose from, what makes Devon so special as an adventure camping destination? Well, adventure camping in Devon you’ll be among stunning surroundings, with the South West sun to keep you warm and cheerful.
Devon also has much more to offer for during your stay. Here are five top reasons to adventure camp in Devon.
1. Boundless countryside to explore
Probably the biggest draw for adventure camping is the chance to spend time out in nature. When you adventure camp, you do everything outdoors – playing, eating, sleeping and more. This is great for kids who are cooped up in school most days, and adults who spend their time in an office. You’ll immediately feel the freedom of life in nature when you adventure camp – you will be in the moment and enjoying every second of your quality time spent with the kids.
Adventure camping in Devon is even better. This is one of the most beautiful destinations in the whole of the UK, with mile upon mile of rugged coastline, mysterious moors, rolling hills and lush woodland. There are endless opportunities to go for a family walk through the countryside, whether you’re exploring Dartmoor National Park or strolling along the North Devon coast path. Feel your mind clear – and take a camera along – you’ll want those snaps to remember your trip by!
2. Beautiful beaches for sun and surf
One of the most famous parts of Devon is its beaches. The Devon coastline is as dramatic as it is beautiful, and it boasts countless diverse beaches. From cobbled fishing harbours at Clovelly to sandy beaches at Croyde, there is a beach for everyone here. While on your camping holiday in Devon, you must set aside at least a day to visit a local beach – whether you’re planning to build sandcastles, sunbathe or get in the sea.
Devon is also one of the best places in the UK to go surfing. Visit a Devon surf school to learn the art of surfing, whether you’re a beginner or are looking to improve your skills under expert instructions. Feel the sea breeze in your hair as you jump up and ride the waves. You’ll soon see why so many people in Devon are avid surfers!
3. Adventure activities for all ages
The beauty of the wide open spaces of Devon is that they leave plenty of room for adventure activities. With miles of hills, seas and waterways to explore, you can try out a range of extreme sports and fun activities in the great outdoors. Why not take a trip out kayaking down a river or around a lake?
However, if the weather isn’t quite on your side, there are plenty of exciting activities to try indoors. Why not try out a nerf war game, experience the thrill of laser tag or spend the afternoon scaling an indoor climbing wall? Whatever your preference, part size or children’s ages, we have plenty of adventure activities to keep you entertained both at the Ultimate Adventure Centre and in the surrounding area of North Devon.
4. Awesome attractions nearby
Fancy a day out exploring what Devon has to offer besides its natural bounty? Luckily, the local area around the Ultimate Adventure Centre is home to some absolutely fantastic family attractions, whether you’re looking for a heart-racing thrill or a relaxed afternoon.
Head to Woodlands Park for an all-round family experience, where the little ones can participate in anything from mind-boggling interactive science experiments with FizzPop Science, to playing on the giant jumping pillow and trying out a ride-along tractor or safari adventure golf. They also offer regular visiting events, including interactive dinosaurs and robots.
Alternatively, The Big Sheep in Bideford is right on our doorstep and offers a wide range of fun activities for all ages. Whizz through the skies on the Rampage Roller Coaster, watch the hilarious daily sheep racing or relax on a swan pedalo. There is also a refreshing splash zone, for endless games with water balloons and unsuspecting family members!
If you’re looking for a chilled-out afternoon out, Pennywell Farm in Buckfastleigh is a 90-minute drive away but is well worth the trip if you’re arriving or returning home via Exeter or Plymouth. Everyone loves a cute baby animal, and Pennywell Farm is full to the brim with them. Pennywell Farm is perhaps best known for its adorable micro-pigs, which you can cuddle and feed, along with many other sweet farm animals including goats, ferrets, sheep, goats and ponies. Try out milking goats, pond dipping and enjoy one of four family rides.
5. Educational experiences for kids
Perhaps the main draw of going adventure camping in Devon rather than staying in a hotel is the education benefit for your children. Camping in the outdoors is a great way to instil resourcefulness in your children, teaching them vital skills such as cooking, pitching a tent and building a campfire.
Spending a holiday in Devon itself is richly educational, from learning about the local wildlife and unique geology of the moors and coastline to discovering the fascinating history of towns like Bideford, Lynton and more. There are also several educational attractions to visit to keep the kids learning. Visit the Buckfast Butterflies and Dartmoor Otter Centre to learn more about these two fascinating species that feature rare breeds in Devon, and while you’re there, take a picturesque ride on the heritage South Devon Railway, an old-fashioned steam train with beautiful views.