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Visitor Reviews - River Dart Country Park ( River Dart Adventures)

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River Dart Country Park ( River Dart Adventures)
Holne Park
Ashburton
Devon (South)   (Browse area)
TQ13 7NP   See Map                                 Share Google Plus  Tweet This!  Share on Facebook
Tel: 01364 652511

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Pitches: 295
Open: April To September

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 90 Reviews
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Date of Visit: August 2006 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: BackStagePass 2 reviews from this member

We were the friends mentioned by 'Selleyd' below and here is our review.

This was our first ever camping trip so did not know what to expect.The site is very large and well away from any traffic noise. Very child friendly with play areas across site.

Staff were mainly young Australian people on working holiday and were very nice and had many a friendly chat with them at the bar.

Only annoying thing was the old style push button shower that gives you about 5 seconds of water before switching off. Don't let this put you off though as it is only 10mins of your life!

They are very strict about noise after dark and numerous signs up telling you the rules. On our stay everyone obeyed them and no problems at all.

We have already booked our week long pitch together next May, except their trailer tent has now become a brand new caravan and our two man tent has become a massive 9 man one. Thank you Dart for giving us the camping bug!

Date of Visit: August 2006 Unit:  Trailer Tent
Reviewer: Selleyd 1 review from this member

Have just returned from a 4 day stay at the site.
We have a trailer tent and booked a hard standing site with electric hook up.
Even though the site was busy there was plenty of space between pitches.
We visited with friends who had a separate pitch, between us there were a crawler (8 months old) two toddlers and a teenager, they all had a fantastic time.
All amenities are very good and there are enough to cater to everyone's needs at busy times.
The staff are all very friendly.
This is a site that will cater for all ages.
I would recommend a visit

Date of Visit: August 2006 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Greyspeckledhen 11 reviews from this member

We were back for our 3rd trip and yet again really enjoyed it. This time we were camped in the picnic meadow so had to figure out how to balance mine and son's clothes on 2 pegs without dropping them into the large pool of water that was our shower cubicle! The showers in the main camping field may be older but at least they drain! Also missed the family bathroom (with bath) that is available in the main camping field.

That said, we didn't leave the campsite much as our boys were very happy mucking about on the lake and in the adventure playground. We ventured to Trago Mills to buy a new wetsuit for eldest who'd grown since last year - well worth it for keeping him warm! The unlimited travel on the Trago mills steam train was also good value.

We liked Ashburton's Indian take away and thought the camp site's locally made icecreams were rather yummy too.

Date of Visit: August 2006 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: MagnumRedcap 4 reviews from this member

We were on pitch 12 on the Village Green. Using our main tent, pup tent and Gazebo. There was plenty of room on the pitch (including car parking space). However, this pitch was on a pretty bad slope. In fact all of the pitches at the north end of the Village Green are on a bad slope! We had to place bricks under our table to keep it level! There were no hook ups on this part of the site.

The site itself is beautiful, with lots of open green spaces and picnic areas. Walkways lead all around the site, taking you past little wooded areas and small rivers and ponds. During our visit we did not see any litter or dog mess.

The shower block at the Village Green was very good. We did not use any of the others.

The shop is adequate. Stocking drinks and essential provisions. However, as Ashburton is only 5 minutes by car, this was not a problem.
Ashburton is a lovely village, with plenty of shops and pubs. There is a pay and display car park in the centre.

The Cafe and Bar are basic, without much atmosphere. The staff are friendly enough.

We enjoyed using the tennis courts, which are free (but must be booked, and only for 1/2 an hour!)

The pool is very basic and needs updating. It is small and a little tatty now.

The adventure play areas are very good. Excellent for kids (old and young)

The canoes were great fun, but the lake itself is very small!

We also did the high ropes course, which is fantastic. If you go to River Dart, you really should do the High Ropes course. It is well laid out, but if like me you are scared of heights it is a real challenge! (I did see some youngsters who almost ran around the course!) It took me about 1 hour.

To sum up, River Dart is a very clean and tidy site, with adequate facilities, and excellent adventure play areas. If you have kids who (or you yourself) are the outward bound type, this site will be ideal.

Date of Visit: August 2006 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Brayee 8 reviews from this member

Just returned from 4 nights stay at River Dart following recommendations from friends who go every year. The site is in a lovely wooded valley with the river running through. We pitched in the woodlands area and although slightly sloping caused no problems. Pitches are large, we had plenty of room for 8 man tent plus gazebo. The shower block was old but kept reasonably clean and showers hot. The site itself has loads to keep children occupied, including water play, adventure areas featuring zip wires and tyre swings etc plus plenty of wooded walks for dogs. All the above is free, but there are paying activities should you want them, these include a high ropes course, climbing wall and mega zip wire. The staff were without fault, mostly youngsters many from overseas but all were polite and helpful. We ate in the cafe on two occasions and the food was good, plentiful and not obscenely overpriced. The one thing that could do with major overhaul is the site shop. If you want inflatables for the river it is fine, if you want provisions of any kind you are better off popping down to Ashburton or maybe even Newton Abbott. Overall excellent site, lovely setting and very good staff.

Date of Visit: August 2006 Unit:  Trailer Tent
Reviewer: Chris_thomas 2 reviews from this member

Just arrived back from site - a week of real pleasure with a 6 and 8 year old. This site is perfect for anyone with active children - there are a number of different activities around the site that are open 24/7 - telling the kids "Yes, you can go on the zip wire" at 8am in the morning prompted a look of disbelief in ours.
We stayed in the overflow field -this is brilliant because you can decide whether or not to stay another day every morning, as long as you tell reception by 11am.
Nearby attractions abound:
Ashburton -1 mile -lovely quiet town with excellent Indian takeaway on the main street.
Buckfastleigh Totnes and Dartington - 5 to 10 miles - arty pretty small towns.
Burgh Island beach /Bigbury Bay - beautiful sandy beach with rockpools and small cafe - 35 mins.
No probs with the showers(powerful and free) or toilets - free freezers for drinks and icepacks.
This campsite isn't cheap but with so many activities for the kids included in the price ( minibeach, giant pirate ship, numerous assault courses, woodland walks ) we found it just perfect.
Our original concerns of tackiness and overcrowding were unfounded.
10/10

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