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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
              9/10 from 90 Reviews


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Date of Visit: June 2011 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Fertile Phill 10 reviews from this member

Just returned from a weeks holiday at the River dart and have to say that on the whole, it was a great experience.

On arrival, the pitches we were given were unsuitable as we were with friends and would have ended up back to back and too close to other campers. Without any problems, we were relocated to the emergency pitches, which, I have to say, are probably the best pitches on the site.

The facilities are first class and regularly cleaned., the biggest issue is that the toilets have push and hold buttons to flush. Not many people understood this and therefore it could be difficult to find a 'usable' toilet at times. Showers were hot and free, plenty of sinks and lots of covered washing up space. Chemical disposal was efficient with flushing and a hose to rinse your unit.

The bar / cafe was okay. The food is plentiful with large portions and therefore great value for money. The service at busy times was poor and slow.

As for the activities - these are second to none. There is no excuse for being bored. There is so much to do for nothing and that includes the adults. We barely saw the boys during the day.

The paid for activities are worth looking at. We opted for the high ropes (12 each) and they are challenging and fun. The boys did the water zorbs (5)and had a great time. We didn't bother with the canoes as for the cost and size of the lake it didn't represent value for money. The climbing wall looks okay but has no real height to it.

There is plenty to do out and about and there is a Coop and a Spar 5 minutes down the road in Ashburton. You are only 30 minutes from Teigmouth beach which is well worth a visit on a sunny day.

It's worth getting a gate key for arriving back in the evening otherwise you could be sat at the gate for a while! (5 returnable deposit)

Generally the staff are friendly and helpful and the site is well kept and bins emptied frequently. There's lots of wildlife about and in general, for a busy site, the late night noise is acceptable.

We will be returning next year for sure.

Date of Visit: August 2010 Unit:  Trailer Tent Rating:
Reviewer: M+mrachel 18 reviews from this member

We have just returned from a 4 night stay at this site and I have to say I'm left with mixed feelings whether to recommend it or not. The facilities on offer around the park are plentiful and some can turn out to be expensive but that is personal view.

We chose the meadows when booking and was disappointed in our pitch as we were a trailer tent it wasn't the flattest of pitches and had very little grass,more dust, and when it rained it became very muddy.

The toilet blokes weren't the cleanest and I found that may need in the height of season cleaning more than once a day as they were when we were there, by early evening and first thing in the morning they weren't the best. Plus I think they could benefit from another toilet block which would be open at peak periods.

If you go as a group of friends with children then your children will love the place and they will amuse themselves all day long. The pay for activities are great for teenagers but could end up expensive if your child prefers them over the free activities.

The shop has the basic needs and food in the cafe looked nice but we never ate there.

I'm not sure if we would return again. Maybe they could set up an arm band scheme for campers so that the children could have unlimited access to the pay for activities,this being a 1 off payment on booking for the nights that you stay,as 7.75 per night for child is expensive.

Date of Visit: April 2011 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Redfraggleuk 4 reviews from this member

This site is absolutely stunning, immaculately maintained and in a beautiful location.

We booked in for the Royal Wedding weekend as our first camping trip of the year with 3 other families and although the site was almost full it was a peaceful and relaxing place to be! The pitches are huge so you are not in anyone elses pocket, there is loads for the children to do and the facilities were spotlessly clean and well maintained. We did not have to queue for showers or the free family bathroom once no matter what time we ventured along! The washing up area is thoughtfully positioned next to a small playground so you could keep watch on the children and the bar/ restaurant was reasonably priced and family friendly.

Upon leaving we were approached by the site warden to check everything had been ok for us and we found all staff to be hugely polite and helpful. The site is relaxed and you are largely left to your own devices. My only worry is that starting with this fantastic site I am not sure how others we have booked will compare! We will definitely be returning next year!

Date of Visit: August 2010 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Chocolateyclaire 2 reviews from this member

Fantastic campsite! Facilities clean and no queues. Large pitches nicely spread out with plenty of open space for children to play near to tent. Park facilities superb - adventure playground, pirate ship in river, rope swings, slides all included in price and lots of other activities for an additional cost. Restaurant food good value and good selection. Well stocked shop open from 8am - 8pm essential supplies. Plenty of wooded dog walking areas. Site very quiet after 10pm even though full. Downside was quite a long walk to the amenities block from our pitch and no lighting. Also showers were very hot - but there was a problem which was being addressed by the site staff. Lots to do in the area - including many dog friendly activities and beaches even in August. Great place for a family holiday.

Date of Visit: August 2010 Unit:  Trailer Tent Rating:
Reviewer: No Faff 4 reviews from this member

We have just returned from a couple of nights stay at this site and I have to say I'm left with mixed feelings whether to recommend it or not. The facilities on offer around the park are plentiful and not too expensive.

We ate twice at the cafe which was really handy, the food was reasonably priced and ok, the cafe looked clean and well-staffed. The welcome at reception was efficient and friendly and the whole park was well-signposted. You can buy most basic provisions from the shop on-site.

There is a games room, indoor climbing wall and some film nights - a great relief for parents trying to survive the nasty weather.

My gripes are all to do with the way the actual camp site was run, especially maintenance and cleanliness of the facilities i.E two of the washing up sinks where blocked with water with stale food floating about the entire time we were there,two taps couldn't be switched off so water was going down the drain 24 hours a day -this is meant to be a 'green site'! The chemical toilet point stank and was dirty, I never had a hot shower or a warm one, some toilets didn't flush properly, don't ever touch one of the loo brushes! There was never any water, clean or otherwise in the mop bucket for the showers, this lead to the shower floors being caked in a muddy slime, my nearest water point was inefficient and poorly maintained. What they call a hard standing is more half grass with other half consisting of a narrow, gravelled 'bit'.

These points really let the park down as in other ways it has so much to offer. The ladies loos and showers looked new but what a shame they didn't actually function properly. I'm sure with more attention to detail, most problems could be sorted out quickly and cheaply.

The camp fees are expensive here but there is a lot of activities on offer. On a positive note, I loved the sheer variety of campers enjoying the site - from little tents to motorhomes, everyone was absolutely lovely - a real friendly, family-loving bunch of very brave, weather-battered campers!

Date of Visit: July 2010 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Got the tshirt 11 reviews from this member

Have just returned from a great holiday at River dart. Despite arriving to find that the Picnic meadow [which I booked] was not open until the school hols [except at the weekends], we were given by the site manager a great pitch at the top of riverside, slightly away from the last official pitch. He called it 77a.

They were so helpful, the site is spotless, showers boiling, freezers for ice packs in the laundry room, covered washing up,so much to do we hardly left the site other than to do a mini tour of Dartmoor.

The more adventurous activities were only available on sunday and were very popular, especially the new High ropes course. There was a long queue but we returned at the end of the day and the queue had shrunk a lot. Save some money if your kids like these activities because you do pay separately but that is made clear on the website.

There was a lovely mix of people from all over europe. We will return, the kids want to go with another family next time so they can have even more fun. Good luck to anyone else going over the summer, we loved it and hope you do too.

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