Where to start with this post?! Probably right at the beginning on day 1 of our holiday. This was a travel day, well at least a travel morning depending on how good Amelia would be in the car. We set off fairly early after the morning once the work/school traffic had died off and got on the road from Dorset to Devon.
The trip there went great, Amelia was a gem in the car and we arrived at Combe Martin Dinosaur and Wildlife Park. This was about twenty minutes from where we were staying at it seemed like a nice way to break the day up. Amelia was very excited to see the animatronic dinosaurs and the animals. As soon as we arrived we were told the Sea Lion show was about to start so we quickly walked to go and see this. Amelia’s never seen anything like this before and loved it! We then did the rest of the park in a bit of a backward way and ended up doing a lot of walking, plus it’s very hilly so quite tiring. We saw loads of animals and Amelia was got so excited whenever we spotted a dinosaur. We then grabbed an ice cream and Amelia had a run around in the soft play, which is massive so a nice bonus.
It was mid-afternoon by now so we took the short drive to Pickwell Manor where we would be staying for the next few nights. I’ve written a full review of Pickwell Manor here so check that out as it really is the most incredible place to stay, especially for families! We settled into our apartment and then went off for a little explore around the grounds. We were both quite tired so we cooked pizzas and got a fairly early night. Amelia was in really cool cupboard style cabin bed and was fasto with in a few minutes.
We woke up to glorious sunshine on Tuesday and got ourselves up, breakfasted and straight down to Putsborough Sands the local beach. You could walk it from Pickwell but I knew we were heading elsewhere in the afternoon so I knew I wanted the car. This beach is absolutely stunning. The northern coastline is just so dramatic and unlike any of the beaches we have down here in Dorset- and that’s saying something as our beaches are stunning but not all of them have views like this. The tide was soo far out and we didn’t actually make it to the sea as Amelia was loving life in amongst all the rock pools and just running on the sand.
For the afternoon we took the short drive to Ilfracombe to check out the Tunnel Beaches. These are so cool and I would definitely recommend to anyone who is in the area or considering it. It’s so quirky walking through the Art Deco style tunnels and ending up at the beaches which are stunning. Again incredible views, all round! We settled to have our little picnic and got totally mobbed by seagulls, I legged and left Amelia battling a seagull who did eventually nab her sandwich. Safe to say the rest of our lunch we ate out of the backpack. The cool things about the tunnel beaches is the tidal pool, if you time your visit right you’ll be greeted by a stunning blue pool we actually walked all the way round it which Amelia loved doing!
We did a little pit-stop at Arlington Court NT for a little walk. Amelia was quite tired so we made it to the children’s climbing area and did that before moseying back to the car. We spent the rest of the afternoon at Pickwell before heading back to Putsborough to see the sunset.
Wednesday was again a beautifully sunny day! We went to Woolacombe for the morning and again spent loads of time on the beach playing with a ball and just enjoying ourselves. We then went to check out Funder Island and did all kinds of touristy things. We played crazy golf, it was Amelia’s first time and she was soo determined to do it even though she wasn’t the best bless her! And we did the token rides and just ended up having such a laugh.
Our afternoon we went into the village of Croyde and had an ice cream at the little tea room. We went to the NT car park for Baggy Point which I think to see that view might have been a bit of a walk so instead we just went to Croyde Beach. Again a really rocky beach but Amelia was loving this and we spent the entire time clambering on the rocks and peeping into the rock-pools.
Tiredness definitely started to set in so we went back to Pickwell and spent the rest of our afternoon playing in the games room, exploring the grounds and playing tennis with the family who manage Pickwell Manor. It was a lovely way to end our time and we were so sad to be leaving Devon the next morning but excited to be onto the next part of our trip.
Places I’d Recommend:
- Pickwell Manor
- Putsborough Sands Beach
- Ilfracombe Tunnel Beaches
- Arlington Court National Trust
- Combe Martin Dinosaur & Wildlife Park
- Croyde Village for Ice Cream!
Thanks for reading!xx