Best campsites in Devon for surfing

From wind-lashed Exmoor and Dartmoor to the fossil-studded Jurassic Coast, Devon delivers the wild natural beauty of England’s southwest.

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12 top campsites in Devon with surfing

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South Dean Camping

70 units · Motorhomes, Tents12 acres · Barnstaple, Devon, South West England
Clifftop camping with epic sea views, right next to Exmoor National Park.
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£35
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Westland Farm

21 units · Glamping, Motorhomes, Tents27 acres · Barnstaple, Devon, South West England
Camping and glamping on a working farm, with yurts, huts with hot tubs, and simple, spacious, sociable camping pitches
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£12.50
 / night
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Secret Spot Camping Saunton

12 units · Tents2 acres · Devon, South West England
Finding this exclusive Devon spot is like making it on to the best VIP guest list in town
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£20
 / night
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Pittaford Farm

8 units · Glamping, Motorhomes, Tents3 acres · Devon, England
A campfire-friendly site in South Devon, with a beach, a nature reserve and a pub all less than 45 minutes' walk away
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£26
 / night
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Hideaway Camping

17 units · Glamping, Motorhomes, Tents24 acres · Okehampton, England
Carefree camping and glamping in Devon with a nature-friendly setting and imaginative owners
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£13
 / night
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Yurt in the Orchard

1 unit · Glamping2 acres · England
A Yurt set alone in a 2 acre orchard down a mile long oak lined track on the edge of Exmoor. A private hot tub, as well as a private shepherds hut kitchen, shower and toilet. An idyllic and peaceful location in North Devon with 4G! The Yurt has a double bed for up to 2 adults, and a camp beds can be added if you bring up to 2 children. An additional bell tent can also be placed next to the yurt if the kids feel adventurous. Please contact us through Hipcamp following your booking if you would like to bring children.
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£120
 / night
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Rocombe Valley Retreat

5 units · Glamping1 acre · Lower Rocombe, England
Glamping near the English Riviera, with wood-fired hot tubs and coarse fishing lakes
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£75
 / night

Atlantic Horizons

9 units · Glamping, Tents5 acres · England
We are a friendly glamping and camping site set in the beautiful natural surroundings of the North Cornwall coast and countryside allowing for a quiet getaway or family break. Atlantic Horizons aims to offer the camping experience but without the hassle. Supplying you with everything you need for a relaxing yet comfortable glamping experience. We understand how the issues of packing and unpacking can be for you, especially after a long drive, therefore we feel that it is important to remove any challenges by providing you with a variety of glamping packages to suit your needs.
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£39
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Camp Couture

4 units · Glamping, Tents10 acres · Barnstaple, Devon, South West England
We Have 10 acres, 5 of which is woodland. Each let has its own private area with seating table and fire pit some of our let’s have either a hammock or swinging chair Tent pitches are in the woodland which also have their own private area with table chairs hammock fire pit and a camp kitchen to share. We have friendly residents of Alpaca, sheep, a goat and peacocks and chickens that you are welcome to feed with the supplied food. We have a local pub you can walk to across farmers fields about a 20 minute ramble. South Molton, a 3 minute drive away, has a small artisan market voted the best in the UK
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£35
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Beryl's Campsite

5 units · Motorhomes, Tents1 acre · Devon, South West England
A secret, secluded campsite with wonderful views down to Start Bay
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£32
 / night
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Hole Station 18+ Woodland Camping

8 units · Glamping, Tents23 acres · Devon, South West England
A firm favourite among the camping fraternity (hardly surprising given its secluded woodland pitches, campfire encouragement, and natural beauty)
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£13
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Fairlinch Camping

20 units · Motorhomes, Tents1 acre · Devon, South West England
Keep your eyes on the sky; buzzards, kestrels, peregrine, falcons and barn owls are all common visitors
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£13
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Best campsites in Devon for surfing guide

Overview

With two of England’s most superbly remote national parks and a smattering of other protected natural spaces (all framed between surf-washed coastlines), Devon is known for its outdoor adventure scene. Beachside barbecues, swims in the English Channel, hikes along jagged cliffs, fossil-hunting on the Jurassic Coast, and all kinds of other activities—from coasteering to kayaking—are among the county’s seaside joys. Inland, sprawling moors and woodlands mean wild camping, open skies, and isolated hikes, plus cycling and horse rides. While the county plays host to big caravan parks and holiday centres, local farms also run independent campsites that rule the roost. And each season unveils a different side to Devon, whether you visit during springtime blooms or autumn colours.

Where to go

Dartmoor National Park & South Devon

While the north coast is home to vast sandy beaches that seem to go on for miles, the southernmost stretch of Devon’s coastline takes in vibrant Plymouth, surfy Torquay, and riverside Dartmouth, along with the protected South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Just inland, much-loved Dartmoor sprawls over 368 square miles of heath-covered national-park wilderness, criss-crossed by walking paths, off-road cycling routes, and wandering cattle and wild ponies, as well as plenty of caravan parks and campsites that offer simple patches to pitch a tent or park your campervan away from the crowds. Whether you're hunting for a school holiday stay at a pop-up campsite, a snug glamping getaway, or a winter campervan break, there’s plenty of choice in South Devon among white-water kayaking, rock-climbing, and horse riding.

Exmoor National Park & North Devon

Windswept moors, quiet woodlands, forested valleys, sweeping coastal views and roaming horses make Exmoor one of the southwest’s most magical corners. This 267-square-mile space has been a protected national park since the 1950s, with hundreds of miles of walking, cycling, and horse-riding trails, and you can try everything from coasteering to kayaking to pony trekking. Also in north Devon are the county’s best surf beaches (especially around Croyde and Woolacombe), some delightful villages, and spectacular camping spots, whether you’re keen to stay on the sandy blonde coast or go wild camping on Exmoor.

Devon's Jurassic Coast

Stretching east from Exmouth all the way to Old Harry Rocks in neighbouring Dorset, the 95-mile Jurassic Coast is a UNESCO-protected highlight of southern England, covering 185 million years of history. Devon’s section (the most ancient) is known for its plunging rust-coloured Triassic cliffs and is protected by the 103-square-mile East Devon AONB. Spend days swimming at blissful sandy beaches, unearthing ancient fossils, walking some of the long-distance South West Coast Path, heading out sea-kayaking, paddle-boarding or surfing, and exploring charming coastal towns and villages like Sidmouth, Seaton, and Beer (known for its white-chalk cliffs).

Exeter & East Devon

Head inland from Devon’s Jurassic Coast and you’ll reach lively Exeter, with its astonishing 12th- to 13th-century cathedral, intriguing Roman history and busy bar-and-restaurant scene. Much of the rippling countryside to the city's east is protected by the East Devon AONB and, on the Somerset border, the small-yet-biodiverse Blackdown Hills AONB. Both offer rewarding cycling, horse riding, water sports, stargazing and, of course, camping, as well as lovely walks among river valleys, wide-open ridges, and remote farms and villages (including the 40-mile East Devon Way).

Family Camping in Devon

While surfers crowd the most popular beaches in Devon, it’s families that really make the place their home each summer, cementing the county as one of the most popular family holiday locations in the UK. The good weather, vast amount of space, family-friendly restaurants and, of course, the camping all contribute to this status. Heaps of excellent family campsites can be found in Devon—both in the north and the south—with many campsites catering to families with family shower rooms, baby-changing facilities, paddling pools, and more. And during school summer holidays, North Devon is a hive of activity, where kids are quick to make friends and rabble around in playful groups throwing frizbees and regaling new buddies with stories from their days at the beach. Whether you’re a fan of coastal camping or fancy retreating inland to a hidden spot on a rural farm, there’s sure to be a family campsite to suit your needs.

Top 8 Things to Do in Devon

  1. Learn to surf in Croyde Bay.
  2. Hike to Bronze Age stone circles in the heart of Dartmoor National Park.
  3. Walk a section of the South West Coast Path.
  4. Catch a ferry out to Lundy Island.
  5. Eat ice cream on the waterfront in Salcombe.
  6. Bring bikes to cycle the renowned Tarka Trail.
  7. Get hopelessly lost among the dunes at Braunton Burrows.
  8. Lap up the dark skies of rural Devon with some late-night stargazing.

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