Hidden Valley Touring and Camping Park Ilfracombe, Devon, South West England, EX34 8NU (Location map)
Open all year
Voted into the Top 100 Sites Awards for 2014, Hidden Valley is highly rated by readers of Practical Caravan and Practical Motorhome magazine. This lovely family-run touring park in Devon has won many other awards, too, such as a Gold David Bellamy Conservation Award, 5 Stars by Visit England, and the AA 5 pennants.
Beautiful self-catering pine holiday lodges are also available to hire at Hidden Valley Park. They sleep four and come with a TV, lounge, shower room, kitchen-diner, microwave and bed linen. At a pinch you can squeeze a fifth person in the lodges, but only if they don't mind bringing their own camp bed and sleeping bag! There's a small surcharge if an extra person comes along.
For caravans and motorhomes, Hidden Valley Park has a range of pitch sizes and types. The Premier pitches are 9m long and block paved, while Large pitches are 12m long with stone chips. Both of these are fully serviced, with 16Amp electric hook-ups, fresh and waste water points and a digital TV connection point. They even have a picnic bench and low level light on the pitch. Medium pitches are 8m long and small ones are 6.5m long, both of these have electric hook-ups and a digital TV point and are surfaced with stone chippings.
Tents are welcome at Hidden Valley Touring Park as well, and again there are fully serviced Premier pitches (16x11m) with water, electric hook-up, waste water point, bench and a TV aerial point. There are also Large pitches (10x14m), Medium ones (10x12m) and Small (10x10m). All the tent camping pitches are on grass.
You'll find Hidden Valley Touring Park near beautiful Ilfracombe on the spectacular North Devon coast. This seaside holiday town is famous for its tunnel beaches, which have been awarded Blue Flags for cleanliness. Woolacombe is close by as well, which is a real family favourite, boasting a wonderful soft sandy beach.
If you like surfing, Saunton Sands and Croyde Bay aren't far by car or camper. Walkers love this area too, and the South West Coast Path is a big attraction. Don't forget your camera, this area offers a wide range of memorable views!
The site itself is set in a quiet wooded valley. There are 120 level pitches, 60 of which are all-weather hardstandings (in an area called Otter's Creek) and 60 grass (in Kingfisher Meadow).
Overlooking the gardens and lake is a licensed shop with local produce, meat, fresh bread, newspapers and gifts to take home. There's a coffee shop on site, where, particularly in high season, you can enjoy full English Breakfasts, cakes and cream teas to revive you after a day on the beach or a walk in the forest. A campers' lounge with sofas and a mini library is next to the café.
Dogs are welcome at Hidden Valley Park, but must be kept on a lead within the camping areas. In the woodland dogs can run free, also in the camping field when it's empty of tents. Dogs can visit reception, but must sit outside on the patio while owners are in the café. Most local beaches do allow dogs, as long as owners clean up after them.
Wildlife spotted on-site and around includes stoats, otters, field mice and a wide range of birds, such as woodpeckers.
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Hidden Valley is set among rolling hills of stunning Devon countryside. Just 4 miles away are some of the country’s most prestigious beaches, including the golden sandy beach at Woolacombe, and The Tunnels Beaches in Ilfracombe, both of which are Blue Flag and Quality Coast Award winners.
The fabulous surfing beach at Croyde Bay is just 5 miles away, while Saunton Sands is just 6 miles, and is a wonderful beach for a day out with the family.
For those that want to relax, the National Trust’s Arlington Court and RHS Gardens Rosemoor are both wonderful to visit.
There are also many family attractions close by, including the Big Sheep, which is a wonderful all weather attraction, the Dinosaur Adventure park and Exmoor Zoo.
Quaint harbour towns adorn the North Devon coast line, and are a lovely place for afternoon tea, fish & chips or an ice cream. Lynton is one such town, built mainly by the Victorians and is connected to Lynmouth via a water-powered funicular railway. Ilfracombe with its picturesque harbour is home to, among others, HMS Oldenburg, which sails to Lundy Island several times a week.
Surfing is very popular at the local beaches, as well as fantastic coastal walks, excellent off-road cycle trails.
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