If you are looking for a Touring site with sea views and great facilities then you need to look no further than Damage Barton near Mortehoe in Devon. The site is affiliated to both the Caravan and Motorhome Club and the Camping and Caravan Club with each having its own area of the site set aside for members all with sea views.
The site has some of the best facilities we have come across on our touring adventures, with spotless individual wash cubicles and superb overhead showers, giving a true drenching (without the need to keep pressing the button). Facilities include a family bathroom, dishwashing area, chemical toilet disposal, and external wetsuit cleaning area, and laundry.
The shop at Damage Barton shop has recently changed hands after the original proprietors retired. A young local couple is now running the operation, delivering a service both warm and friendly, offering a daily selection of fresh pastries, croissants, coffee, bread and local produce the shop is a great asset to the site. The selection of local jams and relishes are highly recommended and the Whortleberry Jam (small round fruit, like blueberries) not to be missed.
Although it looks like you can almost touch the sea, it is a good walk to the coastal path. To access the path you walk downhill from the bottom of the site along the road to the farm and across the fields to access the coastal path. For fitter individual’s
Damage Barton offers a challenging circular walk starting on the Coastal Path at Bull point. Taking an anti-clockwise route around to Mort Point, past Mortehoe village to return to the site via the footpath, a challenging 6-mile route with some steep climbs. You should allow around 2-3 hours to complete the walk (without stopping to admire the views.
Details of the Circular walk can be found at the National Trust Site.
From the site you can also take a more direct route to Morthoe and Woolacombe, starting from the bottom of the field walk downhill until you reach the first stile on the left-hand side signposted Mortehoe, Continue over the stile taking the footpath across the field until you reach Easewell Farm Caravan site, footpath continues through the campsite keeping to the path between caravan and camping fields brings you to the road leading downhill to Morthoe Village in around 30 minutes.
After entering village turn right at the post office and continue uphill past the Ship Aground on your right. Walk uphill on the road until you reach a small cemetery at this point you can access the coastal path to the spectacular views at Morte Point or turn left to take the path down to Woolacombe for most people around an hour and a half walk dependant on the route.
For the less active the National trust at Mortehoe offers trailer rides up to Morte point from the Heritage Centre opposite the Post Office. Mortehoe village offers a small selection of shops, 2 Public Houses and The National Trust Tea room where you can sample a traditional Devon cream tea and good sandwiches.
The Chip shop at Mortehoe offers much than traditional fish and chips and includes Lobster, Crab and pre-prepared fresh fish the BBQ.
One issue with walking to Morthoe is that if you decide to take chance the shorter main road back uphill to towards Damage Barton it is extremely narrow in places, making walking a dangerous activity. For those that are tired or have had a few too many pints at the Ship, you may want to consider catching the bus back.
The bus stop is located outside Mortehoe Post Office and will drop you off outside your site on request (See sign for bus timetable)
Damage Barton is a working farm covering over 580 Acres, rearing 500 sheep and 100 head of cattle the Farm runs a stewardship scheme maintaining the traditional Devon landscape of stone walls, Devon banks, Hedgerows, and wildflower meadows. A gem of a site in a wonderful part of the country.
The site is set between Ilfracombe and Woolacombe with Barnstable, Saunton Sands, and Croyde in easy reach just down the coast. A visit to the Saunton Sands Hotel is a good choice where you can enjoy a glass of wine and witness spectacular sunsets.
The Hotels cliff top position provides a view along the length of Saunton Sands contrasted by the greenness of the rolling Braunstone Burrows, and the blue of the sea, On a Sunny evening, sitting with friends on the warm terrace with the sun dipping into the sea, it confirms life doesn’t get much better than this!
After a week in Cornwall in June when the weather was awful. The end of August gave us a wonderful week of clear blue skies, with spectacular sunsets. Having decided to stay an extra night to take advantage of the weather, our last night was truly awful, with gale force winds and heavy rain rocking the caravan resulting in a disturbed night’s sleep. It was also our first experience of packing away in the pouring rain, just thankful we haven’t yet purchased an awning.
A Final word of warning if you are considering Damage Barton, make sure you read the access advice on their website and approach the site from Barnstable, turning left at Mullacott Cross Roundabout on to the B3343, follow road for 2 miles and turn right onto Mortehoe Station Road, (Do not use Sat Nav as this often directs you onto Warcombe Lane or into Warcombe Farm Campsite). Mortehoe Station Road can be tight in places so choose your passing places and make sure you can proceed when oncoming traffic allows