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Campsite Review: Hidden Valley Caravan & Camping Park - Near Ilfracombe, North Devon

Posted on August 1st, 2011

Anyone following me on Twitter will be aware that we have just returned from a great weeks camping in North Devon. We had planned to travel further afield but due to a heavy workload which resulted in a lack of planning we decided to spend the week surfing at Croyde, Saunton and Woolacombe.

So we started googling and found a few campsites we liked the look of but as this was last minute most of them were either booked up or didn’t take dogs (as we were taking our 9 month old Cocker Spaniel Puppy, Murray).

Then, by chance we came accross a Caravan and Camping site called Hidden Valley which was positioned perfectly on the main road between Braunton and Ilfracombe so only a short drive to the main beaches. The website boasted that they were ‘winners of the National Caravan Park of the Year 2009′ and showed some nice photos of nicely manicured pitches so after a quick phone call to book our place we were on the road (only an hour and a half from where we live!!) to North Devon.

When we arrived (after getting stuck in traffic through Braunton which always seems to be busy!) we were checked in and then met by a camp warden (a warden who worked at the camp - not one who had a funny walk!!) who showed us how to use the security gate and then showed us to our pitch. We were politely asked not to put our drive away awning on the grass and assured that the tent pegs would go in ot the hard standing, medium sized pitched we had booked.

So we set to work getting the awning up. The warden was correct, the pegs would go in to the ground but not without an awful lot of hammering (I think I bent about 10 pegs!!). The pitch we had been allocated (ASH 3) was a really nice spot and had it’s own water tap which was shared with the neighboring pitch. It was also directly opposite the dog exorcise area which was ideal for us. After turning the air blue trying to get the tent pegs in to the ground I stood back and realised that, in actual fact, this was a great idea and meant the pitches and grass areas were really well maintained.

My parents would be joining us for the 1st night in their Ford Transit Autosleeper and were lucky enough to get the pitch next to ours. After setting up the four of us took Murray for a walk through the woodland walk which skirts the whole of the campsite on the slopes of the valley looking down on the site. When we came to the end of the trail we found ourselves in the tent and camping area. The park is split in to two areas, the tent and camping section and the caravan and motorhome section (where we were pitched) with the entrance and reception / coffee shop located in the middle. The two areas are quite far apart but each have a toilet and shower block of their own centrally located within the area along with a play park for the kids.

We meandered through the tent area and back up to the reception area which, as I said, also has a coffee shop (which offers breakfast), a well stocked shop and a tourist information area. Outside we found a really nice garden area with benches and a beautiful small lake (which Murray proceeded to jump straight in to!!). The gardens were truly the nicest I have seen at a campsite.

We wondered back through the Caravan and Motorhome Section checking out some of the ‘large’ and ‘premier’ pitches (the latter featuring a brick and gravel set up for caravan and awning) and back to our pitch. We lit the BBQ and opened some beers. Our pitch captured the sun for most of the day which was great considering we were deep in a valley surrounded by trees. However, a lot of the pitches were much more shaded (not what we personally look for but if you are someone who does not like the heat these would be great).

The following morning we had breakfast and then headed in to Woolacombe which was only a 10 minute drive where we walked the dog along the long beach and then had a cheeky surf in the rain! Over the next few days we visited and surfed at Croyde and Saunton and took a walk around Ilfracombe, all of which are less than half an hours drive from the campsite. We were really lucky with the weather with the majority of days being very hot and sunny.

Sadly, all good things come to an end as we packed up all our gear and, after spending a few hours surfing and walking along Westward Ho!, we headed home.

I really can’t speak highly enough of Hidden Valley Caravan & Camping Park. The pitches were well maintained and manicured, the staff were very friendly and the facilities were kept extremely clean and tidy. The only thing I would improve upon would be 1) the roads around the park which are very bumpy and somewhat potholed in places and 2) the hard standing pitch which was made up of a very fine gritty gravel which we were constantly walking in to the camper (not to mention Murray bringing it in to the bed every night!). Other than these minor improvements I can not fault the place and would highly recommend it to anyone wanted to have a base to explore the amazing beaches in this area.

Well that’s what we think - how about you? Have you ever stayed at Hidden Valley Caravan & Camping Park? If so, tell us what you thought in the comments form below!

Posted by Steve

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Posted on Monday, August 1st, 2011 at 8:16 pm
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4 Responses to “Campsite Review: Hidden Valley Caravan & Camping Park - Near Ilfracombe, North Devon”

  • philip on August 1st, 2011 said:

    looks a good place to camp when we go on noo noo magical adventures in the summer….

  • Nina Blanchard on August 24th, 2011 said:

    I am begining to think you are stalking us we too have visited Hidden Valley this year. I added a video onto You Tube.:O)

  • Steve on September 3rd, 2011 said:
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    Ha - Funny!

    Nina’s video of Hidden Valley is on the link below if anyone wants it:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JwjgOmo_E6k

    Steve

  • Samantha on October 14th, 2011 said:

    We hired a campervan from Camperking and stayed at this campsite too, and loved it! The owners were friendly and helpful, and our pitch was perfect for our needs. Great location, we enjoyed exploring while we were there, and obviously found time for a pint at The Thatch in Croyde too. Brilliant long weekend.

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