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Lydford Caravan And Camping Park
Devon (South)   (Browse area)
EX20 4BE   See Map                                 Share Google Plus  Tweet This!  Share on Facebook
Tel: 01822 820497

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Pitches: 90
Open: 15/03 To 04/11

Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 49 Reviews
              8/10 from 49 Reviews

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Date of Visit: March 2013 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Outinthesticks 8 reviews from this member

This is a bit of a gem.

We booked at the last minute for a couple of days during a very cold Easter. The web site wouldn't accept our booking the night before but a phone call before setting off the following morning secured us a pitch. It's well signed and easily found from the A386. Check in was simple with the bonus of good tourist information. Despite the weather the site was well filled but we were able to select a good, level, stoned pitch close to the facilities block. There was a good EHU and the pitch was just about within reach of the (free) wi-fi. There's a better signal in the laundry room with its own dedicated desk, not to mention some impressive looking washing machinery.

The showers were warm (both air and water temperature) and clean with plenty of supplementary wash basins and a handy warm-air hand dryer. Decent washing-up facilities are provided. Basic groceries (including chilled) are available in the site office and there's a newspaper ordering service. For us motorhomers there is the added bonus of a proper service point with drive-over grey waste drain as well as a water point.

We weren't in the area long but had chance to do the Lydford Gorge walk (National Trust; entrance fee payable), only about half a mile from the site, which is scenically impressive and has the bonus of the Castle Inn for a pint on the way back to the van. The Dartmoor Way passes the site entrance and we used part of it on the way to Bridestowe, rewarded by a decent lunch at the White Hart. We also strolled along a bit of the footway/cyclepath on the line of the former railway just to the east of Lydford.

So - a well-equipped and friendly site with lots to see and do nearby. Everyone we spoke to on the site - staff and visitors - was friendly and cheerful; quite an achievement considering how cold it was. At under 22GBP (2 adults + pitch) per night we were well pleased and will be back.

Date of Visit: August 2012 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Campingcaz 27 reviews from this member

A well kept site with excellent facilities. Staff are very helpful. There is free internet access.

In good weather this site would be lovely with views of Dartmoor from the back fields. We had a very wet weekend so it blighted our enjoyment; the rain hangs around the moors so the site gets quite a lot of weather!

Having said that the advantage in being so close to the moors is that you can walk from the site to some great walks.

Pretty village and lots of other attractions to visit nearby. Would definitely come back in better weather.

Date of Visit: July 2012 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: Bouncy71 6 reviews from this member

We visited Lydford Caravan and camping park the end of July 2012. Surprising that the weather was the hottest of the summer so far, up to then the summer had been very wet.

We viewed the camp site website before we booked for two nights and was put off my the website. The website was like someone had just jotted down some words with not much thought. There was a lot of info on what you could not do on site and not enough on selling the site for all its glory.

We booked anyway as it was prefect for our base to explore Lydford gorge, the church and castle and all of these were in easy walking distance.

The Site was very peaceful and the grounds well kept. The shop was a bit basic and there is no shop in the village, so come with everything you need, but we knew this anyway from the website.

The shower blocks were always very clean and site site staff were very friendly and able to give good advise.

The views from the tent field were amazing across the moors. So worth a walk up to this field.

In the village we drunk and ordered food each night at The Castle Inn, the new landlady had only taken over a few months before and she was very friendly and helpful. The food was excellent pub food. Try the steak and ale pie. I know my steak and ale pies and this one is one of the best I have ever tasted. The steaks are also very good.

To round up, the site is far nicer than the website says. Perfect little piece of dartmoor if your looking to relax. The site very clean in all areas and good sized pitches. Will go back again for sure.

Management response: Thank you for taking the time to add a review and your positive comments.

We are a bit perplexed by your comments regarding our web site though and wonder if you were perhaps looking at an unofficial one. Our website (linked from UKCampsite.co.uk) is often applauded for the information it supplies and also links onward to a myriad of other sites telling you what we think is all you need to know about our area and the services provided.

We are openly honest about what we do not do i.e we cannot accommodate American RV's and 5th wheelers, we do not have a childrens play area and neither does the village but we do however appeal to a more mature clientèle that come here
for the walking and peace and quiet in a naturally beautiful area.

Our shop, although small, stocks all daily essentials plus some indulgences and we also
obtain newspapers to order. We also pride ourselves upon the personal service we provide as regards local and tourist information, booking
services etc something not always available on other sites.

Date of Visit: July 2012 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Gaenor 8 reviews from this member

This is a nice site if you get the right pitch, we booked late so got the 2nd field, which has 4 good spots up the top but the rest look cramped & we felt cramped.

Wifi across the site which is free but it isn't strong enough for much & lots of pitches won't get it as it is so weak.

The camping field has the best views by far. The dog walk has great views as its around the camping field.

The showers were hot & ok but nothing special & not many of them. We probably won't go again, but if we did we would pick our pitch & book in advance !

Lydford gorge was worth a visit. The castle is a nice surprise so was the church which sold fab cake !

Management response: Thank you for taking the time to add a review to our site.

The area in which you were pitched is not only very popular from which we get a lot of repeat
bookings mainly due to it being in a quieter area of the site but also because of the views many pitches provide.

There are a mixture of hard standing pitch sizes as dictated by the national parks authority. Some are designed to accommodate larger caravans or motorhomes that are also erecting an awning and there are a number of no awning narrower hard stands specifically intended for touring camper vans, although small caravans without an awning can use them as well.

Every pitch on our site whatever size has a minimum of 6 metres of grass space separating it from the neighbouring pitch which is actually more than the industry minimum of 3 metres employed on many sites.

We are regularly complemented upon the space
and quality of our showers. Once again we actually have more than the required industry minimum but of course at peak times there can be a short wait to use one but generally speaking there are always several available throughout most of the day and night.

Our WiFi is free. We do not advertise or suggest that it covers the site, we do however provide a hot spot desk with chairs and electricity in part of our facilities building. Until we get fast internet in Lydford it is the best we can do and 99% of the time is satisfactory for those that use it. While free we do invite donations to the
Devon Air Ambulance if you so wish.

Date of Visit: July 2012 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Baldrick2 12 reviews from this member

We stayed at this site for 2 nights, which were very enjoyable. The site is on the edge of the lovely village of Lydford. The wardens were hard working and very friendly. We were taken around the site to choose a pitch and shown all the facilities.

The toilet/showers were clean, the showers were very good. We spent a day at Lydford Gorge, which was beautiful and well worth the admittance price.

Would definitely revisit this site, it is a gem.

Date of Visit: May 2012 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Bouncing Bob 7 reviews from this member

We spent 2 weeks camping here and have to say it is the best campsite we have found so far in the Dartmoor area.

The views of Dartmoor from the tent field are amazing, and if you are a birdwatcher you would be quite happy not moving from your tent for the whole stay!

The site staff are helpful and friendly, and the site was always spotless. As others have said there are a number of signs, but we felt that they were informative to help ensure the smooth running of the site.

The showers were always gushing hot water and clean, and the covered washing up area was a good area to catch up with the other holidaymakers whilst doing the chores!

There are many walks from the site - giving the dog the chance to be let off the lead before reaching the moors, and in 2 weeks we only used the car for a couple of shopping trips to Tavistock and Okehampton, though they do stock basics at reasonable prices in the site shop.

The village cricket pitch is close by, and on a sunny weekend afternoon you can hear the sound of leather on willow - and if you look carefully through the trees you can see the men in whites, and Tuesday night is bellringing practice. These little extras all add to the relaxing atmosphere!

Our only words of advice is that if strong winds are forecast and you are in a tent, take extra pegs or camp at the bottom of the tent field - we survived but others weren't so lucky, (though we are talking strong enough to bring a tree down in the village).

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