Sunny bank holiday weekend in the UK. Yes, I said sunny! Super hot too, not so good if you’re as fair skinned as I am. Anyway, we packed up the van and headed for the north Devon coastline.
Here is my story guide of our SUP weekend in North Devon
The area we stopped in was close to the coast and a whole range of different beaches. The closest town was Braunton about a mile away from our campsite and then in the other direction about 3 miles away was Saunton Sands beach. Within a 30 minute drive of Braunton, there is a range of beautiful places to visit, from the surf beaches of Croyde and Saunton Sands to the harbour town of Ilfracombe on the north coastline, a bit further along you will find places like Coombe Martin which is a lovely place for a family day out.
The campsite which we stopped at was called Fairlinch Camping. This campsite was perfect for what we needed, you could pitch up anywhere you wanted to, so we had plenty of space to put the awning up and our windbreakers to form our own little space. There were some shipping containers for toilets and hot showers that were all free to use, as well as an outdoor washing up area too. My favourite thing about the campsite was the view, it spans across all the local fields up to the sand dunes of Saunton Sands.
You can walk into Braunton too as it’s around a 20-minute work into the town centre where there are plenty of restaurants and surf shops to enjoy. For our trips away the number one thing we look for in a campsite is that they allow campfires, we love having fires as it just adds to the trip brilliantly, Fairlinch camping is more than happy for you to have a fire (in a fire pit that must be said).
So on Friday night we arrived at Fairlinch set up camp and then drove into Braunton to get some good ol’ fish and chips from a restaurant South Street Fish and Chips. Super good chicken fillet burger and chips, and the cheesy garlic bread were amazing too!
Saturday – Saunton Sands
After waking up early and munching through a fried egg sandwich, we set off down the road to Saunton Sands. This beach is huge, sandy and is very popular with surfers and families alike.
Originally we were booked onto a surfing lesson with Walking on Waves. We got there and met some of the instructors who were lovely. However it was flat water, and this is what I liked about this particular surf school. If it was flat water they would offer you the option of trying paddle boarding with them instead or offer a credit transfer for you to go back again when the surf is bigger. As Joe and I have our own SUP boards we opted for the credit transfer and are so excited to go back again and surf next year!
So we opted to get our new paddle boards out and give them a go. This was so much fun and I even managed to catch a few small waves on the board!
So there is part one of my story guide of North Devon. I have tried something a little different by making the guide into a story so tell me what you think in the comments below!
Part Two is now here! Sup Weekend in North Devon – Part Two!
See you next time and happy adventuring!
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