Devon is a wonderful place to discover with your motorhome or campervan. It’s a county that offers great variety from it’s quaint seaside towns to its wilder beaches and moorlands. For this article we are going to look at the top places to visit in Devon on a Motorhome road trip and discover why it’s is one of the UK’s favourite destinations.
For a beach holiday visit Woolacombe seaside resort with your motorhome. It’s a popular destination for surf enthusiasts across Europe.
Experience the rocky landscapes filled with forests, rivers and wetlands. It’s also dotted with bronze age stone circles and medieval farm houses, offering gateways to its ancient past. For fellow surfers Woolacombe offers beautiful mellow and open beach breaks, suitable for experienced longboarders as well as amateurs.
The beach at Woolacombe has been recognized as one of Europe’s best beaches and has been managed by Parkin Estates LTD for over 50 years. The quality of the water at the coast is monitored regularly and meets very high standards. For climbers the beach is also packed with sand dunes offering panoramic views of the coast from their summits.
With your motorhome you can find numerous well kept campsites along the coast such as Woolacombe Sands Holiday Park, helping you stay right at the beach so you can wake up every morning to that fresh sea air.
Dartmoor offers motorhome enthusiasts wild, open moorlands, deep river valleys and rare wildlife. The park covers 954 km2 so there is plenty to explore, offering a real sense of wilderness. Due to the isolated nature of some of the areas it is recommended to bring a map of the area with you when on the road and not rely totally on a Sat Nav as many routes in the area are still unmapped.
Keep in mind the laws of the park. Although it may seem tempting to pull into a layby to admire the view and have a cup of tea, overnight sleeping in vehicles at the roadside or in carparks is not permitted under National Park byelaws. That said, there are still numerous pristine campsites dotted throughout the park such as such as Langstone Manor Holiday Park, so you’ll never be too far to set up camp for the night in your motorhome.
Once at Dartmoor you can take part in numerous outdoor activities such as walking and cycling tours, as well as canoeing and horse riding. It is definitely one of the best places to motorhome in Devon. Start your journey in one of Dartmoor’s towns and villages then journey into the moorlands and discover that natural beauty that the park has to offer.
Come to the beach anywhere in the South West of England, turn left or right and you’ll be on the South West Coast Path. England's longest waymarked long-distance footpath is a sight to behold stretching 630 miles of sublime coastline. With a motorhome you can travel this huge stretch easily, picking the areas that best suit you for a scenic stroll. The heritage, wildlife, geology and views along the way are truly inspirational. When planning your motorhome trip along the coastal path, we recommend downloading the official app (https://www.southwestcoastpath.org.uk/). It offers great ideas, outlining all the hotspots along the trail. The path is well equipped with fantastic and scenic campsite so there you can set up camp easily and starting walking or cycling the route of your dreams.
Another beautiful national park in Devon, and one not to be missed is Exmoor. This park stretches nearly 700km2 and offers beautiful hilly scenery of the open moorland. Unlike Dartmoor, Exmoor boasts 55km of incredible coastline. It also hosts the highest sea cliff in mainland Britain known as “Great Hangman”, sure to leave an impression when passing through on your road trip. The park is home for an incredible variety of wildlife such as red deer, Exmoor ponies and is one of the most important habitats in the UK for butterflies. The area is also strewn with dramatic rivers, collectively amounting to nearly 500km of running water through the park. It is one of many incredible places to motorhome while in Devon. Also keep your eyes peeled for the infamous “Beast of Exmoor”, reported to roam the fields of Exmoor in Devon. The giant cat like creature has been supposedly been sighted since 1970 so keep one eye open when turning in for a night in your motorhome.
Ready for your next road trip? Rent a motorhome in Devon today and discover all this amazing country has to offer. If you would prefer a smaller vehicle you can also look at campervan hire in Devon,bring along your surf boards and hit the waves for a wild experience on the coast. These are just some of the reasons to rent a campervan for your next holiday.
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