Family Travel Times

Family Travel Times: June 2004

Thursday, 10 June 2004

Delightful return to north Devon: how I re-lived my childhood holidays with my daughter (June 2004)

When I  was a child, we spent a week in Devon each year. I grew up with scones and clotted cream, glorious sandy beaches and green fields.

They were great times but, as I got older, holidaying in the UK became a distant memory as I hopped on a plane to Europe, or crossed the Atlantic to the States.

Once my daughter, Jessica, came along, however, things changed. Car trips, with boots crammed to the brim, became far more appealing than the thought of traipsing to the airport. Staying in the UK, where nappies are easily replaced and familiar food bought with ease, became increasingly attractive.

That's why we spent our summer holiday this year in North Devon. Unsure whether hotel or self-catering was the best option, we did both, three days in a hotel and four in a cottage.

First stop was the Woolacombe Bay Hotel in beautiful Woolacombe Bay. It really is a stunning place, with a beach that reminded me exactly of my childhood. The expanse of sand was astonishingly broad and my two-and-a-half year old loved everything about it, from feeling the sand between her toes while paddling in the sea, to riding on the Victorian swings at the entrance to the beach.

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