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Getting Active on a Springtime Devon Caravan Holiday

As we settle in for winter and the fast approaching Christmas season, the word 'caravan' doesn't figure for many. However, to combat the inevitable winter-blues, I'm looking ahead to the start of spring when the evenings draw out and gardens and farmland show some signs of life. In particular, it's the promise of a caravan holiday in north Devon that appeals - not the most glamorous holiday choice granted, but for anyone who loves escaping to the country, especially within spitting distance of the sea, it's ideal.

For the uninitiated the prospect of a caravan holiday may seem daunting, but with static caravans that provide many or all of the amenities you'd expect from a self-catering cottage, the at-one-with-nature approach can be achieved in real comfort after all! Many sites also have on-site shops meaning that even if you're doing the post-work rush to Devon, you'll be able to survive the night without needing to head out shopping. The choice of holiday caravans in Devon is huge and the different areas of the county varied, each with its own atmosphere and choice of attractions.

It's hard to beat the coast though. When you wake up in the morning and see the sea, it makes any journey worth it. And to be within walking distance of the deep blue can be even more of a wholesome experience, especially if you find yourself up with the larks, when the great outdoors is at its most peaceful.

In Devon, seeing the sea quite often means you're close to the South West Coast Path which snakes its way from the Dorset coast right around the south west peninsular and along the north Devon into Somerset. The no fewer than 630 miles of trails can be picked up almost anywhere - they vary in difficulty and include a range of scenery and places worth stopping or diverting to, whether picturesque village or local pub.

Or for real adventure-seekers, for whom simply seeing the sea isn't enough, there really is a great choice of water sports to try. The stand-up paddle boarding craze has swept over north Devon and is a great way to explore the area's rugged cliffs and hidden coves. A concept that started - unsurprisingly - in Hawaii, the gentle alternative to surfing lets you see more of your surroundings whilst still working muscles you didn't know existed! If you feel the draw of traditional surfing, north Devon's Atlantic coast offers some spectacular surfing beaches and a plethora of surf schools and hire shops.

So, once the Christmas excitement dies down but before the shops fill with Valentines and Easter gifts and gimmicks, spend the downtime considering a great British holiday away from it all and with those all-important sea views.

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