Lundy is like marmite. You'll love it or hate it. Anyone like us, with even a whiff of outdoors adventure, are guaranteed to fall in love with this windswept granite island. Only 10 miles off the dramatic North Devon coastline, Lundy, owned by the National Trust, is Britain's first ever marine conservation park. Stunningly beautiful, a haven for wildlife & with only 28 permanent habitants, Lundy is the perfect place for adventuring families to explore. Here we give you our top 10 tips to get the most out of your trip.
I've hankered to stay in a lighthouse since I was a young girl, my nose buried in countless Famous Five novels. I still can't think of a more exciting prospect of bedding down for the night, perched on a blustery headland, the rough seas lashing salty spray against the windowpanes.
My childhood wish was finally realised, amid the blowy Atlantic westerly winds on our recent stay in the charming Old Lighthouse Upper on Lundy Island.
The Old Lighthouse accommodation on Lundy island is the perfect base to explore the wilds of this tiny island
Putsborough Sands regular pulls in a catch of best beach awards, the latest being 'Best Beach in the UK by Trip Advisor in 2015 and 2016'.
This is one of our favourite walks since my youngest could manage it solo from the age of 3 or 4. It manages to squeeze in a bit of everything and is varied enough to grip interest entirely round the circuit - a must for my little one where walking can be tough unless it's disguised as a chase, a treasure trail, or a game. Plus it ends on the beach so they forget the walk was ever there by the time they meet the welcoming waves and the sweet taste of ice cream dissolves on their tongues.
Whilst you might want to park and flop on the beach for the day, this walk is short enough to squeeze into the morning to get the heart pumping whilst walking the dog or a good one when the sky is moody, charcoal with impending rain (we always end up at the beach cafe which is a fab place to shelter from storms).
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.
375 days ago my husband and I made a concrete decision. To move to France to do a ski season. With our children.
As 2016 recedes, it is with gratitude and a smile that I wave it goodbye. 2016 for us was a year of planning & anticipation. And the year I started The Family Freestylers blog. A lot can happen in a year, 365 days. Decisions made that change your lives. Today we finally realised a dream of our own. Walking through the snow with our children to their first day at school in France.
Thank you so much to everyone that's shown so much support for The Family Freestylers blog and our dream of heading to the snow. Here's a round up of our best bits of 2016 and where we'll be heading in 2017.
Swap canvas for wood by booking into one of these cute hobbit houses for the weekend. Set in the heart of Exmoor, slap bang next to Wimbleball Lake, these pods are perfect for families wanting to get out on the water and guaranteed to keep you cosy this Autumn.
Perfect for autumnal weekends or rainy days, the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth is a great way to switch kids on to the threat of our oceans and how we can all play a part in protecting it. Plus after one entry, you can return free for the rest of the year!
This weekend we were the guests of Outdoor + Active, a fantastic adventure activity centre nestled into the South East corner of Exmoor National Park. With a glut of water sports activities on their perfect lake side location, and an equally impressive array of land based action, we were seriously impressed with what this centre had to offer families. If you’re like us - an outdoorsy family, loving anything with a faintly adventurous whiff, then put this place firmly on your radar!
The Family Freestylers are us - the Nixon family, who relish travel adventures both near & far