My Devon Surfing Adventure
I’ve returned from my Devon surfing adventure with a very slight tan that just makes my face look dirty and two bags full of dirty washing. Aside from that, I’ve brought back some lovely memories and a whole lot of photos! Let me tell you a little bit about what I got up to…
This is the second year in a row that my friends and I have stayed at a caravan sight near Woolacombe, which meant a 5-6 hour drive in my little Toyota Starlet along with 4 other cars (there were 12 of us all together). From the caravan sight, there’s a 35 minute walk to the beach through all different kinds of terrain. To start with, you pass some lagoons…
… then you trek through the rainforest…
… and out into the jungle…
… after that, you walk down a small mountain, onto a road, down a grassy hill and onto the beach:
Once we’d arrived, we had a while before we could move into our caravans so we headed down to the beach and had a game of rounders to loosen up after the long car journey. I’m so lucky that all of my friends enjoy sport and don’t mind getting wet or sandy, we had such fun on the beach! This was the rounders pitch after we’d finished the game:
A few of us decided to go investigating over by the rocks on the side of the beach and as we arrived the sun decided to come out (hence the tan which developed after the sunburn as we’d all left our sun cream in our bags). It made the beach look gorgeous though.
We had nearly the whole beach to ourselves, which was lucky as we did make quite a lot of noise and take up quite a bit of space!
Once we were all exhausted, we went back up to the caravan sight and moved into our caravans where we would be staying for the next five days. Coincidentally, they were the exact same ones we had last year, which was a nice little touch.
While we were there, our routine generally went something like this:
- 8:00 – Wake up, take turns to commentate on cartoons we watched on the old analogue TV with only 5 channels and no sound, have breakfast and get dressed.
- 10:00 – Head down to the beach with or without an array of body boards, tennis balls, cricket bats and occasionally a blown up dingy.
(This is the dingy being carried back up the mini mountain).
- 10:30 – Body board/surf/swim in the sea.
- 12:30 – Head over to the best pasty shop in Woolacombe for lunch. They had such a good selection, I could have had a different vegetarian one every day. As it was, I liked the broccoli, sweetcorn and cheese one too much to switch it for the spicy vegetable one which last year was WAY too spicy for my delicate little taste buds.
- 1:00 – Either go back into the sea or play several games of rounders or french cricket.
- 3:00 – Pack up and go back to the caravans.
- 4:00 – After a quick cup of tea, get changed, pack bags and go over to the outside or inside swimming pool and switch between playing and splashing and sitting in the sauna until you couldn’t bare it any longer.
- 5:30 – Go back to the caravans in small groups so we wouldn’t all be waiting for the showers for ages, take a quick shower and change into fresh clothes before ordering food for tea (with 12 people in two caravans, each with a tiny kitchen we decided takeaways would be a much better idea than attempting to cook).
- 6:00 – Whilst waiting for the food, we would play poker, articulate or one of many card games.
- 6:30 – Eat tea (or in my case, spill sauce all down your clean shorts).
- 7:30 – Consume a responsible amount of alcohol and chat or go to the pub or continue playing games.
- 12:00 – Go to bed and sleep without turning over or risk falling out of the incredibly narrow beds.
The weather throughout the week was, well, wet. Very wet. We had about two half days of sunshine, or at least dry weather, but the rest of the time it just rained and rained. On the Thursday, it was so torrential we didn’t really fancy going to the beach, so a few of us stayed behind and just played even more card games. We did go swimming in the afternoon though and ventured out to a restaurant for our final meal of the holiday. As everyone left the caravans and ran for the cars though, I had to stop and take some photos to show you just how wet it was.
These were the steps from the car park to the caravans:
Unfortunately when we got to the first restaurant/pub place, they wouldn’t let us all sit at the same table and it all looked a bit dodgy, so we headed over to the place we went to last year which was really good. When I looked at the menu, though, I realised not only had it changed from last year, but there was only one vegetarian option – mushroom and stilton linguine (have I ever mentioned that I don’t like mushrooms or stilton?), so I had to ask if I could have a baked potato from the lunch menu instead. I was not impressed!
Overall, I had SUCH a great time and it was so nice to spend a decent length of time with all of my friends for the first time since starting uni. It reminded me how lucky I am to have such amazing friends and I just hope the summers to come will be packed full of the same amount of laughs, games and fun times that we had last week.