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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 91 Reviews
              9/10 from 91 Reviews


Units accepted:    Tents  Caravans  Motorhomes 

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Date of Visit: May 2012 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Savanne1 23 reviews from this member

We have just returned from 3 nights at River Dart over the bank holiday weekend. Despite being told they were full when we rang a few days before arrival to ask if any hardstandings had become available the site wasn't full the whole weekend.

We booked with my Camping Cheques gold card, no deposit needed. Camping Cheques are accepted for most of the season except Whitsun Week and the summer holidays.

We thought 13.95 for 2 adults, the pitch and EHU was excellent value. Our daughter was an extra 7 a night.

The site is easy to find being sign posted off the A38. The access road is fairly busy and narrow in places so caution is needed for those of us towing.

On arrival the reception staff were friendly and showed us on a map where we to go (pitch 66). A warden showed us to the pitch, I got the impression he was new as he didn't know where the pitches were and when I asked him the next day if there was any TV reception he shrugged his shoulders and said he didn't know.

Pitch 66 is a hardstanding pitch but we think much more suited to motorhomes as the layout made access difficult if the adjacent pitches were in use.

Throughout our stay we were surrounded by motorhomes and unbelievably tents were allocated hardstanding pitches with the tent on the grassy area and the car parked on the hardstanding. I havn't been to a site where some of the units were so tightly packed in as River Dart. Guylines were crossing and tents pitched approx 2-3 metres from each other. The perimeter pitches on the whole looked a lot more spacious.

I read the reviews on here before we went and the majority are from tent campers. The site appears to be much more popular with tents than caravans as it was during our stay.

Lots of people were in groups however the site was quiet after 11pm. Most of the pitches are sloping so chocks are needed. We also couldn't get any TV reception at all, the weather on the whole was wet and miserable so TV would have been nice at times.

The wash facilities were very good, not immaculate but the mud and grass prevented this! The shower cubicles were plentiful and a really good size with shelving for your shampoo etc, two hanging hooks and a folding seat. They are the push button type like on a lot of french sites. This doesn't bother me, it saves water and that can only be a good thing.

The showers were always nice and hot. I never had to queue in fact I found the facilities very quiet. My husband did the dishes and reported lukewarm washing up water only.

The grounds are really lovely and the wooded areas were full of bluebells. Our daughter loved the adventure playground and assault course. The play areas had all had fresh bark put down and the equipment was well maintained.

There are a couple of play areas around the camping areas which were also of a good standard and a table tennis table next to the one nearest to us. Our daughter did the high ropes course which has gone up to 14. You pay for this at the CRS hut near reception who give you tokens you then take to your chosen activity. Its first come first served and weekends only out of high season. The course is for those over 8 but we saw younger children attempting to do it and it caused delays as they struggled and had to be brought down. I would recommend wearing gloves to do the course as our daughter has a few blisters today.

The other activities looked great (water zorbs, canoeing etc) but the weather wasn't good enough. We didn't use the cafe or shop but they looked nice when we explored the site.

To sum up, lovely site in lovely surroundings. Pitching can be difficult for caravan/ motorhomes so remember your chocks. With a bit more thought about the pitch layout (avoiding the cramming in that we saw in certain areas) and this site could be brilliant.

Date of Visit: April 2012 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Judi S 16 reviews from this member

What a delight especially if you have children with you, saw ours at meal times and that was it! Lots of free stuff for them to do as well as some to pay for which I felt were a bit pricey.

So much space for playing, walking and biking. Site is about 1/2 mile off the road so very safe. Ideally placed for Dartmoor too. Reception staff were a delight and the little shop provides the basics.

Campsite is placed over 4 areas some hardstandings but mainly grass. All areas are open with out hedges but pitches well marked out. Facilities clean and warm however floors became muddy/grassy with use and no facilities to clean shower floors(ie bucket and mop). Wash up area is outside under a shelter and water not as hot as it could have been for washing up.

Restaurant on site serving good value meals and a great carvery on Sunday. Exceptional value for money too, as they accepted Camping Cheques over Easter !

Date of Visit: September 2011 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Barrymacg 1 review from this member

We have just got back from a great 4 nights at River Dart Country Park.

In a word great

We stayed on the Village Green area, massive pitch, plenty of room for our Vango Maritsa 700, we found the staff at reception/shop/ and restaurant/bar to be excellent, all were very pleasant and a credit to the site.

The nearest toilet block was as you approach the Riverside area and was spotlessly clean at all times, even on Sunday morning when it was very busy with lots of families leaving to go home.

Our son loved the Pirate Ship and lake area where he spent most of his time in the water, kids don't notice the cold when having fun!

Pitch price was also very good, given the time of the year.

Would recommend highly and we will ensure to return, hopefully with more friends as we will be recommending to all our friends

Date of Visit: August 2011 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Mrsgrumpy 5 reviews from this member

We first booked this site in April after searching for sites in Dartmouth area, but were disappointed in our search so widened it to Dartmoor. I am so glad that we did.

This is an 'Adventure Park' in every sense.

On the main road winding upto the entrance this is a narrow stretch of road (1 mile or so - from Southbound A38 exit) therefore requires both vehicles to stop allowing passage, not sure how this would fair with a caravan!

Upon entrance to the park we were greeted by a 'gatekeeper' who kept the day-trippers at bay and allowed us passage to the site. As we proceeded: to the left was the Picnic Meadow for non-electric pitches and to the right was the 'Tree Tops-12-Activities and Zorbs-5 etc.

(All prices advertised)

Continuing our journey through the beautiful wooded road and past manor house, to our left was the Old Sawmill Restaurant (we never used it - but it looked busy) and the site shop. A little further round to the right was the reception and the adventure kiosk.

The lady was very helpful, explaining where are pitch was and issuing gate codes and cards. The cards have a 5 refundable deposit and allow entrance through the first gate upon arrival!

As we entered my first impressions were that 90% of the pitches varied from a slight incline to a manageable incline including some of the hardstanding pitches. Only 10% were what I called flat.

Some pitches are backed onto the wooded area with the majority in the middle back to back with a 3m path in between them.

The pitches are very large and fitted our tent and electric lovely.

We were pitched in the 'Riverside' Area.

We wanted to erect our gazebo. And it was larger than I remembered, so went off the end of our pitch by a metre or so. But vehicles were still able to get past! Before we pegged the gazebo down, we asked one of the wardens if it was OK. He replied that it would be fine, especially as he could still get his tractor through the gap. He also did say that it was nice someone had asked, rather than putting it there (Bless!) So we were happy.

The amenities were excellent. For a site so big. The toilets were very clean and cleaned twice daily, first thing in the morning and in the afternoon as with the showers. They were always warm. There were 6 washing-up sinks. I didn't have to queue once but could see a potential problem. They also had washer and dryer facilities to the rear of the blocks. I'm quite a 'toilet critic' and these were lovely!

I didn't see any muddy puddled floors and we were there in the rainiest week of August!

For the Park itself. Well well what a total surprise.

Deep within the woods are free and pay-for activities, playgrounds, pirateships. Make sure your kids take their wetsuits (if not, the shop and icecream cabin, near to the ship, sells them)

Make you sure you take yours too. The Pirate ship is in the middle of 70cm pond/lake (has a gang-plank to walk across) be prepared to get wet so take your water pistols and dinghys. (the shop sells them to!) This shop could have done with selling hot food rather than chocolate, crisps, coffee and ice creams. So don't forget your picnic.

The adventure park is full of huge slides and zip wires and you can easily spend all day there.

The only gripes I had was concerning the shops. The cabin need to sell hot food - we had cold wet days and after coming out of the water.

The main shop upon the site. Was very lacksicle of prices. They seemed to have a generic pricelist, but didn't seem to list other things that were on the shelf. Its quite soul destroying when you have to keep asking!

I will definitely come back again.

It is worth paying the camp fees as your whole holiday can be in one place. What great fun! Well-Done River Dart

Date of Visit: August 2011 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: WendyMorris 3 reviews from this member

We've just spent a week at this site.

Family rating: GREAT.

We were in the overflow pitching meadow. Large, flat, grassy pitches. Quiet and relaxed during the night.

All woodland activities were top quality and great fun. Minimal queuing even though the site was busy.

Toilet block was a bit of a let down. It was cleaned once a day which was inadequate due to grass and showers blocking by the evening.

However, it really was such a lovely site, these things could be tolerated and over looked.

The staff in the on site bar were really good and friendly, food was good standard and value for money.

Local village was within easy driving distance and very pretty.

Generally, excellent and would definitely visit again.

Date of Visit: July 2011 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Silver Storm 5 reviews from this member

We visited this site as part of a small group (6 adults and 4 young children). We were allocated pitches in the Walled Garden which we have to say is so quiet! The pitches are well marked out and of a good size so you don't feel on top of each other. The only downside is that it doesn't have it's own amenity block and you have to walk across to the meadows to use theirs.

Plenty of showers (always had hot water), lots to keep the children entertained. Also enjoyed a meal at the on-site restaurant which was very good value for money.

We spent 3 nights there and didn't feel the need to to head off site in all of that time! We would definitely return again!

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