Guest Blog Post – Andrewshayes Holiday Park  

Andrewshayes is an award winning park that has been developed over the past 60 years by the Lawrence family, some of whom are still onsite on a daily basis. The park is located less than 4 miles from the market town of Axminster, Devon, just 6 miles from the Jurassic Coast, and a short distance from the Dorset border. Because of our great location we thought we would have a look at all the best days out in Devon for social distancing. 

At last many tourist attractions are beginning to re-open which is great news for visitors and locals in the area. This year though, many popular attractions are likely to have some restrictions in place on which facilities can open. This will especially be the case where social distancing or cleaning may be an issue, such as attractions with soft play or indoor areas. 

Luckily for us at Andrewshayes we have many places locally that are perfect for a day out while social distancing. Here are some of our favourite places in Devon where we know you can relax and be safe. 

The South West Coast Path

Enjoy a magnificent walk along the Jurassic Coast and you will be sure to find space to yourselves. There are many starting points which are a short drive from the park.

The nearest is the fairly short walk from Seaton (or Seaton Hole) to Beer. Another popular walk is Beer Head to Branscombe. The views are spectacular and can be combined with a break and picnic on the beach. Branscombe also has a lovely café which can be found on the seafront. Beer also has a fish shop on the beach which sells freshly locally caught fish. 


The nearest local beaches to us, where you’ll find plenty of space for social distancing, are Seaton, Beer, Branscombe.

Slightly further away is Sidmouth where you can enjoy Jacobs Ladder Beach which is best visited at low tide. At the top there are pretty gardens and a café with the beach found at the bottom of the iconic white steps. Further along the coast you’ll find Exmouth which has a large beach that stretches away from the town for 2 miles all the way along Marine Parade. 


If you enjoy formal gardens there are many options for days out in the area around Andrewshayes. From gardens and parks which are always open to the public to beautiful private gardens taking part in the National Garden Scheme (where this year you will need to book your visit). Parks and gardens offer the perfect opportunity to wander and relax as well as a different space for children to run and stretch their legs. 

Burrow Farm Gardens is East Devon’s secret garden which are set in 13 acres and just a short drive from Andrewshayes. Lovingly created over 50 years, the garden has won awards for its creative planting and beautiful grounds. Within the grounds the tea room offers snacks and cakes which can be enjoyed whilst sat outside on one of the spaced out tables.

Killerton House is a popular National Trust property with acres of parkland and woods, the grounds are currently open (not the house) and entry booking is required so its good to plan ahead for your visit to the area.

Slightly further away near Tiverton is Knighthayes which has formal gardens as well as woods and parkland to explore.

Woodland Walks

Shute Woods is located right on our doorstep (just the other side of the A35). Here you’ll find miles of footpaths and tracks to explore as well as an old Beacon which has an amazing view over the Axe Valley, although it is quite hard to find! You can also take the Old Roman Road to Kilmington, where you’ll find two pubs as well as Millers Farm Shop with its café. 

Further afield is Ashclyst Forest, which is part of the Killerton Estate, and has popular marked trails winding their way through the trees. Just outside Exeter, about 35 minutes from Andrewshayes, Haldon Hill Forestry Commission has 3,500 acres of woodland waiting to be explored. There are plenty of walking and cycle routes to choose from with options for a gentle stroll or an extreme mountain biking experience. 

Seaton Wetlands

If you would like to spot some wildlife then Seaton Wetlands is a beautiful area to walk around while enjoying nature and stunning views overlooking the Axe Estuary at Seaton. There are good paths throughout the reserve as well as bird hides where you can sit and watch a wide range of resident and migrating birds. The site is free to access. 

We are really lucky to live in such a naturally beautiful part of the UK surrounded by so much open space. There are endless places to walk or spots for picnics, from woodland to quiet beaches and we look forward welcoming you to Andrewshayes soon so you can enjoy a holiday away from the crowds.

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You will receive a warm welcome at Andrewshayes, a four star family run park in East Devon. The park has holiday homes to hire and purchase (including optional hot tubs) as well as pitches for touring, motorhomes, camping and glamping pods.



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