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Spring camping in Ilfracombe



While it definitely couldn’t be described as warm, the forecast was dry, which was good enough for us. We packed up the car and headed down to Ilfracombe for our first camp of the year.

We found Little Meadow campsite in the Wild Guide (Wild Things Publishing, 2013) and would thoroughly recommend it. The campsite is high up on the cliffs and every tent faces the sea so as soon as you step out in the morning you are faced with the most breathtaking view. There are only 50 spaces so if you’re going during peak season we’d definitely advise booking in advance.


We set up and camp and then headed down to the beach to chill out. In the evening we headed into Ilfracombe to watch the sunset as we ate our fish and chips (quickly so the seagulls didn’t get them).

As darkness settled in we trundled back up to our campsite and settled down to a hot chocolate and a bit of a star-gazing. High above the city and away from any light pollution the stars were spectacular. We are no experts (we were arguing over which line of three stars was Orion’s Belt), but we were completely mesmerised by the sheer amount of stars you could see. It was phenomenal.

The campsite has a little shop on site where you can buy essentials as well as being able to pre-order croissants for breakfast – delicious! As well as being a great location the facilities are first-class as well. It’s quite a simple campsite but the toilet blocks are clean and well lit and the showers have clever pouches on the back of the doors for your clothes so they don’t get soggy. A real bonus is that you can do your washing-up while looking out to sea, which definitely makes it a more bearable chore!
Little Meadow, near Ilfracombe
Prices from £14.50 for a car, tent and two people in the low season
Dogs welcome