Hidden Valley Touring Caravan & Holiday Park Review
Hidden Valley has 120 level pitches divided into two areas – Otter’s Creek which has 60 hardstanding touring pitches and Kingfisher Meadow which has 60 grass camping pitches. Each area has its own children’s play equipment and all pitches have electric hook-up, water and digital TV connection. The large and premier pitches are fully serviced having fresh and grey water connections. If you need to stay in touch with emails whilst away, WiFi is available site-wide for a small charge.
This Premier Park has pretty much every facility angle covered too. The amenities have underfloor heating, there are covered pot wash areas and fully-equipped laundrettes. The building that houses reception also has a shop stocking various essential items, local produce and gifts for those back home. Bread and newspapers can be ordered if required. This is also home to a coffee shop where full English breakfast is served and various daily snacks and drinks. There’s also a lounge area with sofas and a multitude of books to choose from in the library. The shop and coffee shop have reduced hours in low and mid-season. You can sit by the window and enjoy the view over the lake along with a cuppa or, if the weather is playing ball, you can sit outside.
Whilst I’m on the subject of playing ball, dogs are welcome on the site and they will love the open space and extensive woodland. So will you for that matter. The woods have purposely created paths which can be accessed direct from site and one of the star features of this site is the ornamental lake. With seats dotted about, little pathways and lots of colourful plants this is a great spot for a walk or to simply sit, relax and look for wildlife.
If being active is more your thing, get on your bike onto Cycle Route 27 and ride to Ilfracombe, or pedal the Tarka Trail which can be picked up at Braunton and followed along old railway lines all the way to Meeth. For a nice stroll and some home-made food, The Ebrington Arms is just a mile away in Knowle and Hidden Valley guests receive 10% off. For something a little different, in Ilfracombe there is a vegetarian café - Grassroots - which offers a selection of yummy meat-free dishes. The outside courtyard area is also handy as four-legged friends are welcome too.
If you want to leave the motorhome on pitch there is a bus stop at the entrance to the site with routes to Ilfracombe and Barnstaple. Handy bus timetables are available in the reception’s information area.
To me this site is a natural haven, all flowers, trees and relaxation. There’s so much to do in the local area you could never be bored, but I spent some time enjoying the beauty of the site, unwinding from the stresses of modern life and staying ‘hidden’ for a while.
Address: West Down, near Ilfracombe, North Devon EX34 8NU
Open: All year
Charges (2013): Pitch with electric and 2 adults from £10.00.
Nearest public transport: At the site entrance.
Nearest pub/restaurant: The Ebrington Arms in Knowle, one mile away.
Directions: The site is directly off the main A361 which connects Barnstaple with Ilfracombe. The site is three miles north of Braunton. If heading from the south (Barnstaple), the entrance is on the left, and on the right if coming from Ilfracombe.
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