Mill Park Camping and Caravanning, Berrynarbor Devon
1st July to 3rd July 2007
Mill Park is a camping and caravan site on the outskirts of the little Devon village of Berrynarbor, which is close to Coombe Martin on the road to Ilfracombe. The campsite is in a sheltered wooded area with a stream running through it. Amenities include the usual washrooms with showers, shop, onsite bar, restaurant; children’s play area and bizarrely a large coarse fishing lake. It is a 10 minute walk to the centre of Berrynarbor.
The site looks beautiful with pitches well marked out. It did rain virtually the whole time we stayed and the area round the tent did turn a bit muddy, but considering the conditions not as bad as expected. The bar is functional but not a bad place for a night cap. We did not eat in the restaurant whilst we were there as it was only open Thursday to Sunday but my parents who had been down longer said it was cheap, plentiful and tasted OK.
The washrooms again were OK, cleaned regularly and always had paper. I could imagine the facilities being stretched though when the site is busy.
Overall the site is well situated for what we wanted to do and well run. It was reasonably priced and we would certainly stay there again if we went to the area again.
Berrynarbor is a quaint little village full of white cottages. It has a post office, tea shop and a pub. The Globe Inn is a great pub with an enchanting old world charm. Furnished with rickety old furniture and decorated with bizarre local items it serves great pub food and has a good selection of ales. Well worth a visit. There is another pub on the main road the other way from the campsite, The Saw Mill, which is OK and does decent enough food but lacks the charm of the Globe.
There are plenty of places to visit just a short drive from Berrynarbor. It is just 5 minutes to Coombe Martin and 10 minutes to Ilfracombe. It is on the border of Exmoor national park and the villages of Lynton and Lynmouth and Clovelly are not too far. Below is where we visited.
Heddons Mouth/Woody bay
Heddons mouth is a small pebble beach with steep cliff’s either side. It has an old limekiln by the beach and is very picturesque. We drove to the Hunters Inn and parked in the car park there. It is well signposted from the major roads. It was a gentle 20 minute walk to the beach from the car park along a shaded river bank. We then decided to climb up the cliff to go to Woody Bay just a bit further along the coast. This walk was much more strenuous with a few fairly steep climbs. It was well worth it though with a spectacular views along the rugged coastline. Also spotted was plenty of the coastal birdlife, a pleasant waterfall. It took about 2 hours to get to the bay and take the road back to Hunters Inn for a well deserved drink. The Hunters Inn looks like a great country pub from the outside and is obviously very popular with walkers. The inside though did not live up to the outside with the décor tatty and not particularly atmospheric, although to be fair did serve good ale and looked as though the owners were starting a major refurbishment.
Tarka Trail – Barnstaple to Instow
We hired bikes from a hire shop at the train station and cycled the Tarka Trail to Instow. The route is fairly flat with scenic views over the estuary of the river Taw. Instow is a pleasant little place and we stopped in “the Bar” for a quick drink before heading back. It was a nice way to spend the afternoon and I just wished we had started earlier so we could have gone on further.
- Also Known As:
- Mill Park Camping And Caravan Park Hotel Ilfracombe
- Mill Park Camping And Caravan Park Ilfracombe, Devon