We left super early as it was a four hour drive but it was so worth it when we arrived early before everyone else was up and about!
To break up the jaunt down we took the scenic route through Minehead. I must admit I had images of holiday camps and it being a bit tacky, you know the worse sort of British seaside image. However we were rather surprised, it was your classic kind of English seaside, but it was not tacky at all, the high street was clean and full of flowers and it looked like the local council had really given the place a face lift, so much to say I would go back! We were all surprised for sure!
From here we travelled along the coastal road around the tight bends and over the hills with fields running down to the sea, it is such a beautiful unspoilt part of the country.
We had a whistle stop look around in Lynmouth and Lynton, this place was absolutely beautiful and we reached this stop way before all the crowds arrived so we had the views to ourselves!
Then we headed along the coast to Illfracombe, Instow and Appledore where we enjoyed a look round and a nice Pimm's on the sea front! What I love about the coast that you don't really get inland in the midlands is that there always seems to be going on, there was a food festival and a craft fair as well as live music on the quayside, you never seem to get the same vibe inland.
Sunday we visited Saunton, Croyde and Woolacombe. All of these were just stunning. Full stop stunning. Wide open beaches with beautiful sea and sand with people carrying surfboards and bobbing about in the sea. We saw so many VW camper vans, they seem to be the car of choice for surfers and campers alike! My dream car!!
For a nice relax before the journey home we spent the afternoon sunbathing in a great little cove we found just outside of Illfracombe. The trip was finished off with some classic fish and chips by the sea...we really didn't want to come home inland!
My heart really does belong by the sea I am sure!