When the sun shines in Devon, it's the most glorious place in the World.
Unpacking our Winter life and moving back into our Devon home is no simple task. Yet within a week of Devon under our belts, the girls have slipped easily back into their old school, our bags and boxes have been emptied & re-stored and it begins to feel like we never left. My beloved garden I was hankering for, is verdant green and brimming with beautiful blooms. My surfer husband and girls have re-acquainted themselves with their wetsuits & re-discovered our invigoratingly chilly ocean. The rugged, stunning coastline we call home seems more beautiful that ever as we view everything with an appreciation only seen through recently absent eyes. One of the huge pluses of being away from home, is returning home. Happy days.
There's some brilliant family action stuff to do in Devon so if you're heading this way for long bank holiday weekend, the entire week, or if you're lucky enough to live in these parts, then we've rounded up the best outdoorsy, adventure family stuff to get your teeth into this half term.
The North Devon coastline is stunning. Blessed with magnificent stretches of golden sand to secret secluded coves, this designated area of outstanding natural beauty is a fabulous place to explore as a family. We're lucky to call this beautiful coastline our home and with us fresh off the ferry from our Winter season in the Alps, we are definitely staying local this half term.
Here are our top seven family beaches for you to discover this half term.
Whilst the valley of Chamonix can be daunting with it's incredibly steep mountain terrain, there are still plenty of easy family hikes to some incredible view points.
Despite the last minute ditch by Winter to smother the valley white, the Spring sun is hotting up and all of the lower trails are now bright green & snow free. Prime for biking and hiking. The beauty of visiting in May is that it's inter-season. Whilst other ski resorts shut down, Chamonix's no ghost town in inter-season. Yes, the high altitude trails are still inaccessible and yes, the lifts are out of action until mid June, but May is the perfect month to visit to take advantage of rock bottom low season tariffs, share the streets with locals rather than tourists and explore the lower mountain trails.
I'm recovering from my recent knee op, so sadly, the trails are out of bounds for me. Today, I look back at one of the pretty amazing kid friendly trails we took in December up to Europe's longest glacier at Les Bossons. We were ripe then with anticipation for the season ahead and eagerly waiting for the first snow dump. After teaching the girls about glaciers, how they work and why they are retreating, we hiked up to the Les Bossons glacier in Chamonix to see one up close and personal.
LE BOSSON GLACIER HIKE - (LE MONT TO CHALET DU GLACIER DU BOSSON BUVETTE)
LEVEL - MODERATE, STEEP, GOOD TRAIL, UNSUITABLE FOR BUGGIES
TIME - 1 HOUR UP, LESS DOWN (PARK IN HAMLET OF LE MONT)
Glacier des Bossons is the easiest hike up to a glacier from the valley floor in Chamonix. In Summer you can even take a chairlift up to the buvette (snack restaurant) to get to this view.
The Family Freestylers are us - the Nixon family, who relish travel adventures both near & far