Freddy’s Favourite 5: Places To Cool Off In A Heatwave
So today is officially the hottest day of the year across the UK â woooooooooop!
Visitors lucky enough to be at our Devon, Somerset and Cornwall holiday parks this week have been out and about all over the South West, making the most of the weather.
While I love a bit of 30°C myself, it sure gets hot with all this fur! That means I have to find some awesome places to cool off, and in my latest instalment of 'Freddy's Favourite 5', I'm revealing those spots to you...
First on my list is arguably my favourite beach on the North Devon coast, Croyde Bay.
Although beaches can be a bit of a sun-trap, a short walk to the crisp sea makes cooling off quick and easy. The sheltered bay is 800m long, and although it's one of the smallest in North Devon, it's one of the most popular.
A waist-deep paddle should be enough to cool you down, but I prefer to get on my surfboard. Along with Fistral Beach, near our holiday parks in Cornwall, Croyde Bay is regarded as the one of the best beach breaks in the South West and attracts the country's top surfers.
I'd suggest finding the footpath that leads into the centre of Croyde â the ice cream shop you find at the end serves some mouth-watering cones!
Bude Sea Pool
At a quick glance Bude Sea Pool could easily be mistaken for Bondi Beach's world famous tidal pool â even the temperatures are similar. Truth is this impressive pool is a long way from Sydney, it's actually on the doorstep of Widemouth Bay Caravan Park!
The part man-made, part natural pool was built in the 1930's and can be found below the cliffs at Summerleaze Beach.
It's a massive 90m long and 45m wide, filling up twice daily during the high tides. A dip in this sea pool will certainly cool you down!
Exploring one of Cornwall's famous gardens is a must whatever the weather. In the beautiful sunshine, colours seem even more vibrant and chunks of shade offer brief relief from the heat.
Located just 30 minutes south of Perran View Holiday Park is Trebah Gardens.
Trebah offers a sub-tropical experience every day of the year, with an amazing coastal backdrop confirming you're still on the coast. In spring, Trebah's magnolias and rhododendrons tickle your senses. In summer, the giant gunnera thrives. During autumn, Hydrangea Valley casts clouds of blue and white across Mallard Pond and in winter, the champion tress take over.
Cornwall's Crealy Adventure Park
You guys know I'm a bit of adrenaline junkie, so it makes sense to pick Cornwall's Crealy Adventure Park as my penultimate place to visit.
How can you cool off at an adventure park I hear you say...?
My reply is have you ever experienced Wave Rider or The Beast? Those rides send you whistling through the air, cooling you off along the way!
If you're not afraid of getting your hair wet, there's also Thunder Falls and Raging Rivers â a couple of the most exhilarating and slippery rides at Crealy.
John Fowler Holidays' Swimming Pools
Finally, how could I leave off our amazing swimming pools here at John Fowler Holidays?
With water walking zorbs, aqua gliders and pool kayaking available at most parks, it's not a case of just using the pools to cool off in this heatwave â you can have some wicked fun in there too!